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Results Day Preparation

Posted: 5th July 2014

The 30th June was the last day to change choices on track. UCAS has updated its website ready for results day

It is good to make sure you are ready for the various scenarios that results day might bring.
You will be able to pick up you’re a level results from 8.15 on the 14th August. Teachers and careers staff will be there to offer advice. You’ll be able to check UCAS Track from to see if you’ve been accepted so it is important to have your log in details to hand. It is also important to make sure your personal details are up to date so they contact you.

It is really important to come into college as early as you can on the 14th August so we can give you advice. The UCAS site has a lot of useful videos.
The first will tell you more about how to prepare for university life, another explains how the universities get your results and how they interact with UCAS so that you can get their decision on results day. It is also important to think about what you need to do before you start your studies and there is useful advice on what to do before you start in September, including information about further offer conditions, accommodation, finances, travel arrangements, social options and how to obtain the right preparation materials for university.

Last year, we were able to say on results day, 81% of our students had received their CF and CI choices this is because during the application process we spent time, just as we have with you, giving you advice on choosing a range of places to apply that you wish to attend. We are hoping that, as a cohort, we will have the same success with you (or better!). Other students had to wait a little longer but still managed to get their choice.

Some of those students did better than their CF choice required and decided to go through adjustment. This gave them five days to find an alternative course at a preferred university. They did this by looking at the courses available through clearing. In many cases, where students did not achieve the grades they needed, the universities they had applied to offered them similar courses through clearing. Some students took these but others wanted to look at the full range of options. You must be well prepared if you need to enter Clearing to look for an alternative place. The Telegraph clearing app will be available very soon which will be worth downloading onto your phone because this will be a quick way of finding places.

When you have found a place the university will want you (not your parents or us) to contact them, although we will be here to offer you advice. Before making the call you need to be very well prepared, ready to answer their questions about why you’re interested in that particular course. It is good to have thought these answers out beforehand. Think about the interests and skills you have and make them relevant to the course you want to study.
Last year 57,000 students went into clearing. It is possible for universities to take as many students as they wish who have ABB and above but they are capping places for other candidates. There will be a lot of choice so it is important not to panic and make a considered choice. Our careers staff will be here to help you on results day.
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