Hopefully you'll be accepted into your university of choice on results day, but sometimes things don't quite go to plan or you might want to look at alternatives. Whether you've not done quite as well as you'd hoped or perhaps better than expected, it's really important to have a backup plan in place.
Prepare for results day in five simple steps
Step 2: Do you know what all of your options are?
On results day there are lots of options if things don’t go as you’d planned or you've changed your mind - Clearing and Adjustment are two such options.
If your grades aren’t quite as you expected, then you may want to consider Clearing. If you have done better than expected, then you may want to go through Adjustment. The short videos below explain all you need to know about these two options with lots of tips and advice.
Step 4: Do your research
Details of the courses available through Clearing won’t be released until mid-August. However, you can still start to do some research now. Remind yourself about the criteria you used when you did your original research to shortlist courses and universities. Think about which courses/universities you would consider if you don’t get the grades you need.
Step 5: Checklist for results day
Results need to be collected in person and universities will want to speak to the applicant directly (so you need to have access to the internet and phone)
Know your timings
Find out what time your school/college opens to collect results
Get your documents together
Gather all your UCAS documentation together in one folder
If you are entering Clearing make a note of your Clearing number – which will automatically appear on your UCAS track on results day
Ensure that you have access to a phone and a quiet space to make calls
If things don’t go as expected speak to your teachers and careers staff and get their advice
Know what to expect
Watch our short videos in advance so you know what to expect from results day, Clearing and Adjustment