A-Level Results Day is an eagerly anticipated event for students across the United Kingdom. This pivotal moment marks the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. 

As the day approaches, it’s natural to feel a mix of excitement, anticipation, and perhaps a touch of nervousness. 

To help you navigate this important milestone, we have prepared a comprehensive guide on what to expect and how to prepare for A-Level Results Day.

A-Level Results Day 

A-Level Results Day typically takes place on the second or third Thursday in August.  This year it’s August 17th. Results are usually available for collection in the morning, with many institutions opening their doors at 8:00a.m. Be sure to check the opening times of your school or college in advance.

Collecting Your Results

On Results Day, you will need to visit your school or college in person to collect your results. It’s essential to bring suitable identification, such as a passport or driver’s licence, to verify your identity.   We also recommend bringing the below:

  • Your UCAS ID number and log-in details for UCAS Track.
  • Your phone and phone charger – you’ll need it to let people know the good news! Or, you may need it to call universities should you need to go through clearing.
  • Your laptop, so you can check UCAS Track and prepare a personal statement if needed.
  • Notepad and plenty of pens – you’ll likely need to note down key information, and lots of it.
  • A calculator to work out your UCAS points (if you don’t have one on your phone)

Remember to check whether your school has any specific requirements or instructions regarding the collection process. If you are unable to collect your results in person, make arrangements with your school or college to receive them via email or post.

Opening The Envelope

Opening that envelope and seeing your A-Level results can evoke a range of emotions. Whatever the outcome, it’s important to stay calm and composed. If you are satisfied with your results and have achieved the grades required for your desired university or career path, congratulations! Celebrate your achievements and start preparing for the next steps. 

If you haven’t achieved the grades you were aiming for, remember that there are alternative options available, such as clearing or re-sitting your A-Levels.

What’s Next? 

For those who have met their university offers, the next steps will involve confirming your place through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

Make sure to review the UCAS website and follow their instructions carefully to secure your spot. If you have exceeded your offer, you may even have the opportunity to explore adjustment options for more competitive courses or institutions.

Clearing and Adjustment

If you have not met the conditions of your university offers, don’t panic. Clearing provides an alternative route for securing a place at university. Research universities and courses that still have vacancies, contact their admissions offices directly, and discuss your options. 

Similarly, if you have exceeded your offer and wish to explore other possibilities, the UCAS adjustment process allows you to reconsider your choices without jeopardising your initial offer.

This may also be a time to reconsider the A-Level courses you want to take to pursue the career of your choice.

Seeking Support

A-Level Results Day can be an emotional time for many students. If you find yourself needing guidance, support, or simply someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to reach out to your teachers, school counsellors, or family members. They can offer valuable advice and help you explore the available options based on your results.

Celebrating Your Achievements 

Regardless of your results, it’s important to acknowledge the hard work and dedication you put into your A-Level studies. Celebrate your achievements, big or small, and take the time to reflect on your personal growth throughout this journey. Remember, exam results are just one aspect of your education and future success.