Results Day: Collecting your results

There are a few things to keep in mind when collecting your A Level results:

  1. Sleep is your friend Having a good night’s sleep will prepare you for the momentous day ahead, ensuring that you will have the energy and clear head needed to take-on whatever happens.
  1. Check UCAS or collect results first?
    Some students log on to UCAS Track first thing to see if they’ve been accepted onto their chosen course before collecting their A Level results. Others, collect their results before checking Track. There’s no right or wrong way to find out whether you’ve got into your chosen university. Checking UCAS Track before collecting your results can indicate how you’ve done in your exams and help you prepare to discuss your options with your college/sixth form, universities or UCAS.
  1. Don’t assume anything
    If you collect your results and they’re not as you were expecting, don’t automatically assume that you haven’t got into your chosen university or that all is lost. Talk to a member of staff at your college/sixth form about your grades and your options. In some cases, you may be able to apply for a remark. Your college/sixth form can provide you with more information about how to apply for a remark. Check the status of your application on UCAS Track before making any hasty decisions. If you haven’t got into your first choice or insurance university, don’t panic! Many universities will have clearing vacancies in the subject area that you’re interested in.

    To see Kent’s clearing vacanies visit

  1. Enter Clearing with an open mind
    Clearing can be overwhelming. You’ll be presented with lots of choices, so it’s vital that you think carefully, but flexibly about your options. Look at courses closely related to your original firm choice and find out some more information about the universities offering them. Don’t be afraid to contact potential university choices before making a clearing application to get more information.
  1. Remember you have other options
    There are lots of ways to start a career. University is just one in a whole host of options. If you need to take a year to think about it, or you’d like to take some time to explore the world, employment or other options, you can defer university entry for a year. Or, if you decide that university isn’t for you, there are many other pathways to building a great career. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, seek support and investigate other avenues.
    1. Talk through your options and don’t rush
      It can be easy to rush through big decisions on results day. Whether you’re considering Clearing, Adjustment, deferred entry, taking a gap year, an apprenticeship, a traineeship or entering employment, take your time to decide what is right for you. There’s no need to rush into any decision on results day. If you need to, sleep on your decision or take a few days to consider your options.Talk with friends, family, members of staff at your college/sixth form, UCAS advisers, Universities and other training providers, check out forums and online platforms, and gather as much information as possible before making a decision.

      Kent’s Clearing Hotline: 

      + 44 (0)1227 768896

For more information about our clearing places in Mathematics, Statistics or Actuarial Science at Kent visit our SMSAS Clearing Page.

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