Resource Round Up: A Level Results Day/Clearing

What to do when results do not go to plan

These last few months have been challenging for all you students in Year 13, and with results day looming this week, many of you will be going through the Clearing process if you haven’t achieved the A Level grades required for your firm and insurance choice. Some of you may also have already obtained BTEC grades that were lower than expected.  Although disappointing results can spark up a whole array of emotions, try not to panic if you’re in this situation, as you certainly won’t be alone and there are always alternative options.  If you’ve missed the grades, do check with your firm and insurance choices anyway (also seek advice from your school too) and remember, if the universities say no, there will be other ones willing to take you.

Have a look at the following resources for some insight into what to expect on the day, and also where you can go for further information, support and guidance if you need it!

Top Pick 1 – The Uni Guide    

Clearing can seem like a very daunting experience, but don’t worry as there are plenty of online resources available, one of which is The Uni Guide, which has lots of information that will enable you to make informed choices about university. This includes a comprehensive overview of the Clearing process through its Survival Guide.  There is also information on Back up plans along with guidance on How To Call Universities in order to secure a place through Clearing.  This will put you in the picture on what to expect on the day, as well as giving you some insightful advice from students who have already been through the process.

You can also refer to the UCAS website and Save The Student for further information on Clearing too. 

Top Pick 2 – UCAS Virtual University Tours 

When seeking alternative universities through Clearing, you may feel apprehensive, especially if you’ve not visited the university before.  If you’re unable to make a visit in person due to the current restrictions, it’s therefore important that you do some research into, not only the course content, but also the institute’s learning and leisure facilities, accommodation and support services too – particularly if it’s going to be your home for the next three years!  You can take a virtual tour via the UCAS website of many universities here.  If a university of interest is not on the list, go straight to its main website as many will have virtual tours there.   Also follow up any queries you have about the university with a phone call before choosing it and ask if there are any channels where you can communicate with current student ambassadors about their experiences.

Top Pick 3 – It’s good to talk! (Helplines and Support) 

For technical help on how to manage UCAS Track and make Clearing choices, contact the UCAS helpline where advisers will talk you through the process – have your results, Clearing number and UCAS ID at the ready!  However, before doing so, you may have a query about your grades or need further advice and guidance on what to do next, therefore, you can have a chat with a careers adviser from the Exam Results Helpline.  You may also want to talk to a careers adviser, teacher or Head of Year at your own school or college.  If you cannot access a member of staff, feel undecided, and need to discuss your options or back up plan before making a decision, do contact the WP Careers Adviser (details below) at City, University of London for impartial information, advice and guidance if you meet the following criteria. For emotional support, contact The Mix a helpline for under 25s where you can obtain support through their online community or via their free confidential helpline or counselling service.

And finally, irrespective of your grades, do something fun and enjoyable on results day!  Don’t be hard on yourself as you do have options!

For a discussion with a careers adviser, contact and for further information, check out the blog post on Clearing Tips.

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