Unfortunately, not all students will secure the grades that they were hoping for, or they may have done better than they expected and are now re-evaluating their options. Either way results day can quickly turn to panic. Try and support your young person through this by keeping them as calm as possible.
They should listen to advice from their teachers and not make any rash decisions. Clearing is a UCAS process that works for thousands of students, most of whom will find an alternative university option and go on to have a fantastic experience.
If eligible, their Clearing number will appear on UCAS. They will need to quote this throughout the course of the day so encourage them to write it down, along with their UCAS ID, and results (A level or equivalent and GCSE English Language and Maths).
How can you support your young person?
For A level students, the earliest they can accept an offer is 3pm on results day so there is plenty of time to consider all options and no pressure to make an immediate decision. Just be aware that verbal offers do expire (sometimes 24 hours after they are made), so check with the university how long your young person has to make their decision. If your young person has all their grades before A level results day, they are eligible for early Clearing.