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Clearing and results day 2017: what to expect

You’ve been nervously waiting for this day all summer, and now it’s almost here. But no matter what grades you open on results day, there will be options open to you…

Are you a Scottish student? Read our guide to SQA results day instead.
 

1. You’ve met your firm offer

Congratulations – the hard work paid off! Once your Ucas Track status updates – this can sometimes take a few hours on busy results day morning – you’ll be sent a confirmation letter in the post from your firm choice. 

Sit back and start preparing for university!

2. You’ve just missed your predicted grades

Disappointing, but you may still get an offer from your firm choice.

Check Track and see if your status has changed to ‘unconditional’ or if you’ve been offered a place on a different course at the same university; this is known as a ‘changed course offer’ which you’ll need to accept or decline.

If you just missed out on your grades by a few marks or intend to appeal any grades, you may be able to ask your firm choice to reconsider if they haven’t accepted you. Speak to an adviser or teacher before doing so. 

Must-read: How to appeal an A-level grade

3. You’ve met your insurance offer

Well done! Once your place is confirmed in Track, you’ll be able to apply for your student accommodation.

At some point before you go, you’ll also need to change your student loan details – you might be entitled to slightly more in financial support depending on where you are.

Must-read: Results day 2016: how it all went down
 

4. Your grades are much lower than predicted

Before you panic, check Track you may still have an offer. If the university hasn't made a decision yet, phone them to discuss your situation. 

If neither your firm or insurance choice has offered you a place, you could decide to apply for a new course through Ucas Clearing - read our full guide to the process.
 
When looking at Clearing vacancies, I'd suggest starting with any that may be available at  your other original Ucas choices, as these are universities you will have researched and considered going to previously. It'll also show those universities that you had an interest in them prior to the Clearing process.  Stella Barnes | Careers Adviser

5. Your grades are much higher than predicted

A nice surprise! Do you still want to accept your firm choice or is there a different course you could apply to now with your higher grades? You can do this through Ucas Adjustment.

As with Clearing, make sure you do your research on courses and universities properly before deciding to switch – higher entry requirements doesn't necessarily mean a course is a better match for you.


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    6. There’s always another option: don't go

    Perhaps you want to reconsider your options, build up some more work experience, retake your exams or defer your place for a year? A gap year could offer you some valuable time out to get yourself into a stronger position to apply next year.

    Applicants are often stronger with "known grades" and you might find that the year out has helped you to focus on what you really want!  Wendy Hodgkiss | Careers Adviser

    Results day, done. What happens now?

    You've got your results and a university place sorted congratulations! Here's what else you need to tick off the checklist to make sure you're fully prepared for starting uni:
    • Sort out your accommodation. Don't wait around as the best of what's left will get snatched up quickly. Our guide to finding accommodation in Clearing might help.
       
    • Get your finances in order, including expenses you need to factor into your budget and how to cut your costs at uni.
       
    • Finally, get a preview of your next few weeks. See how Dan spent his last few weeks at home or what Chloe's first week in Edinburgh was like. Plus, explore your new home and what you'll do first with our city guides.


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