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A-Level results


As you may already know, A-Level results arrive on Thursday 16 August!

Hopefully you’ll be really pleased with your grades – but if you’re not, don’t despair. Whatever your results were, it’s normal to feel unsure about what happens next. We’ve put together a short guide below to give you some more information.

What if I don’t get the results I needed for uni?

Try not to worry, because you still have options. If you don’t get your first choice of course, you may be offered a place with your second option. And if you miss out on this, you might be able to get a place through Clearing. You will need to act fast though as these places are filled up quickly.

What if my results are better than I expected?

You might find that your grades are higher than you thought, and as a result you want to try for another university. UCAS operates a system called Adjustment for people in this position. Candidates have a five-day window in which to showcase their application to universities.

But don’t worry if you don’t find a suitable place somewhere else through Adjustment, you will still be accepted at your original choice.

What else can I do?

You might decide that you want to wait until next year to reapply for university. Instead of your original plans, you could find yourself going travelling for a year or taking volunteering work, or you may want to take a job and save some money. It might be better to take your time and make sure you’re certain of your degree course rather than make a hasty decision.

If you don’t think university is for you, there are loads of other options available! And it doesn’t have to mean that you stop learning. Visit Not Going to Uni for more information and support.

You might also want to do the following:

The Independent newspaper has written a useful guide to results day

The UCAS website also includes advice and information about getting into university

If you're upset, disappointed, or worried about your future it can really help to talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling. You're not alone. If you're not sure who you can talk to, find out how Childline can help.