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Exam results

EXAM results are coming.  Have no fear, the 'Good the Bad and the Ugly' are dealt with here!

Albert Einstein once said something very true:

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”. 


A'levels

In the UK, this year A-Level results day is on Thursday, 16th August 2018.

UCAS Track will be open from around 8:00AM on results day, check it AFTER you get your results, not before.

Your page probably won't change until midday (at the earliest). If you haven't met your offer and Track hasn't updated then you will need to call the universities directly to see if they will still accept you. 

Remember that UCAS can’t speak to anyone but you about your applications unless you’ve authorised them to do so. Track doesn't show your grades – it only shows if you have been accepted by your firm or insurance choice universities.

For full details about UCAS Track and what to expect on results day, please visit the Student Room website.

Not the results, or offers you wanted? What to do next.....

There are lots of options, stay calm, get advice, make a plan:

Sources of Help

For more information about Clearing visit the UCAS website.

Download the National Careers Service Exam Results Toolkit (PDF).

Brilliant advice on what to expect and do on Results Day on Youth Employment Service website.

The Student Room is packed full of useful information and forums by people like you, who are in the same boat as you.


GCSEs

GCSE Results Day is on Thursday 23rd August 2018

At Last your results are in your hands, but what are your options after GCSEs?

What if I don't get the grades I need for my intended course or a job?

Your first step should be to contact the school/college or employer. If your grades were very close to what you needed, you may still be able to take up your place. You may be able to retake one or two GCSEs alongside studying for a new course or to start a similar course at a different level.

Other options are:

  • choosing a different course - most colleges will accept students onto courses with places until September
  • applying for an Apprenticeship for September
  • Foundation Learning - you may be able to develop your skills for work through a Foundation Learning programme at college or with a training provider 
  • temporary voluntary work, which can give you more time to think about the future while helping you to gain confidence and skills and it looks great on your CV!
  • going straight into employment instead of further education

What if I do better than expected?

If you already have a college place lined up, it may be possible to change to another course if you get better grades than expected - contact the college for more information.

Sources of Help

The Youth Employment Website has lots of information about post GCSE options.

What to Expect on GCSE Results Day from the Student Room website.


Got a question?

Ask Ali

If you don't know what to do next and need to talk to someone you can send a message to Ask Ali and get an answer posted in our Ask Ali section.

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