But it is important not to panic. There are many options and many places to find advice. Missing an opportunity can bring others.
Here are some tips for those considering their options today as the A-level results are released:
The university you have chosen can still accept you. So check there first. UCAS says: “Universities always look more than just results when making decisions about applicants. We encourage them to be as flexible as possible, given the circumstances. “
If you miss your top pick, you have plenty of options. They include the following: accepting your insurance offer, appealing your grades or taking exams in the fall and getting your results on December 16. You can also opt for neither your business nor insurance offer and go through Clearing to try another university.
First, check UCAS Track to see if you’ve been accepted by your business or insurance choices with lower ratings. If this does not happen, the next step is to erase.
Compensation is a period when universities fill the remaining places in their courses. It’s an opportunity for people to apply late in the summer months to start college in September. This is your chance to get a place in college in September if for some reason you don’t hold any offers.
Last year UCAS introduced Clearing Plus available through Track which helps match students with available course seats. UCAS will use what they know about you and what universities and colleges are looking for to suggest courses that may be of interest to them.
A “my matches” button will appear in Track. This will take you to your top 50 course matches and you can show interest in up to five picks at a time. If there are still vacancies and you meet the admission requirements, the universities you have expressed interest in can call you. If you want to apply for another course that is not on the list, you can also use the Clearing search tool to find other available courses.
What if I get grades different from those stipulated by the university of my choice, but this equates to the same UCAS tariff points?
It depends on the university and is largely decided on a case-by-case basis. UCAS points are used by some universities (around a third) when making offers, so instead of asking for a BBC, a university can request 112 points.
However, not all universities use tariff points. The more traditional the university, the more likely it is to make an offer stipulating grades and not points.
If you no longer wish to go to your firm choice, you can use the “decline your seat” button in Track. There is no going back, so make sure you are really sure. If you want to stay at the same university but change courses, talk to your university or college first. Using the button in Track means that any arrangements you have made for accommodation or scholarships can also be canceled. After refusing, you will have entered the compensation.
You may feel like taking on a different challenge if you did better than you thought. If you meet and exceed the conditions of your binding offer, you may be interested in finding an alternative course and you can do so through the UCAS adjustment service. The adjustment will remain available until August 18 so you have limited time to act.
Perhaps. You may want a gap year before taking your place, in which case contact the university of your choice. Contact us as soon as possible. Your university may not accept it if you leave it too late. If they don’t, you can withdraw your application and reapply next year. According to UCAS, fewer students are deferring this year.
Talk to your teacher, exam manager, exam center or the National Exam Results Hotline on 0808 100 8000 before making a decision. Talk to the university and ask them if they are ready to reserve the place for you. Ask for an email to confirm. Act quickly because the appeal process is fast. The deadline for a priority appeal is August 16, 2021. For the second step of the appeal process, an appeal to the Examination Board, the deadline for a priority appeal is August 23, 2021.
You will also have the opportunity to take real exam papers in October. Those who do will not have to worry about falling below their intended scores, as the higher of the two will be their end result. Previous courses will not count, although this excludes practical work in science and geology.