Get ready for results dayPosted: 8th of June 2015 by
August 13th and August 20th are big dates for your diary if you are getting your A-level or GCSE results this year. Make sure that you’re ready for the day emotionally and practically and try not to work yourself up into a state before you even get there.
Right now you're probably still in full exam swing stress - but it will all be over soon and you'll need to get ready for results day
Before you set off to collect your results
- Take the contact number with you for the university departments for both your firm offer and your insurance choice. If you narrowly miss out on grades you might need to call them.
- Top up your mobile and make sure it’s fully charged. You’ll be calling lots of people to celebrate or commiserate and that means you’ll need lots of credit.
- Take a copy of your personal statement with you in case you need it.
- As you’ll be in school on results day, try and arrange to have someone at home next to a computer in case you need to check clearing websites or the UCAS site in a rush. It’s a mad day for UCAS too, so be prepared for their website to be very slow or to crash altogether occasionally…
What are you picking up?
What to do if you don’t get the results you need to study A-levels or a level 3 vocational course at sixth form
Most sixth forms and colleges have a requirement for level 3 courses, which is normally 4 or 5 GCSES at grade A* - C including English and maths.
If you don’t get the grades / subjects that you need speak to someone at school about your options, which might include taking a course at level 2 before you can move on to a level 3 programme. If your sixth form doesn’t offer this as an option then contact your local college of FE – they will have advisers on hand to talk you through the process and tell you what courses that they can offer you.
What to do if you don’t get your English or maths at grade A* - C
English and maths are core skills which everybody needs, not just for further study, but for employment also. If you don’t get a grade C minimum in one or both of these then you will need to retake. Sometimes you can do this at the same time as studying for a course. If you miss the grade by just a few marks, it might be worth getting a remark. To do this, you need to find your teacher who will help you to arrange this with the exams department.
What to do if you don’t get the results that you need for A2
Schools and colleges have different rules about what grade you need to achieve to continue onto your second year of A-levels, so you will need to speak with your A-level teacher for the subject or to the head of sixth form.
If your results were just lower than expected, but not a fail then you will probably want to re-sit particular units. You should see on your results slip which units you’ve slipped up on. Again speak to your subject teacher about doing this. Any re-sits that you do will be just before your A2 exams, so you need to plan for this extra workload and revision.
If you really feel that you made the wrong choice in doing A-levels, don’t panic, lots of people change their minds and switch to a vocational course. It’s not the end of the world and if it makes you happier then it’s all good.
What to do if you don’t get the results that you need for university
Chances are you’ll know already if you have or haven’t got into university from UCAS tracker service. If you haven’t checked this when you get your results then do so because often students are horrified by their results only to find that they have been accepted anyway.
If you haven’t been accepted onto the course that you applied for, you will need to go through clearing to find another course.
What to do if you get better results than you need
Well done! You might want to change your application at this point, maybe there was another course or university that you had liked the look of but hadn’t applied for because you were unsure what your grades were going to be like – now you can go through a process called adjustment if you want to.
Watch out for our full results day guide, which will be available in our advice centre at the beginning of August to help you through the whole results day saga.
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