A-level results day is a long awaited date etched into many people’s diaries, but it does not need to be as stressful as the actual exams.
Mark Garratt, director of external affairs at the University of Bradford, said: “It’s a big day for students, parents and teachers, and anxieties run high, but with a little preparation beforehand it is possible to survive it and make plans for a very successful future.
“It is important to keep calm and be prepared for all possible outcomes. You may do better than you think and wish to ‘adjust’ your choice, or you may not achieve the grades you need and have to enter Clearing, the process through which students can apply to any university spaces not yet filled.
“Either way it’s important to have a Plan B in place. Think about what subject areas you’re interested, where your strengths lie, and what universities you’d like to study at. Do lots of research now so you are ready to take action as quickly as possible to secure the university or course you want once you know your results.
“We are advising all students getting results later this month that ‘good things come to those who don’t wait’, so get in contact even before your results are out to discuss your options if things go differently than expected on the day.”