Top tips for surviving A-level results day and Clearing

Calder High A Level's.
Calder High A Level's.

A-level results day can be incredibly stressful, especially if you didn’t get the results you were hoping for. Here are our top tips for surviving the results day and the Clearing process:

- Stay calm, don’t panic and get organised.

- Draw up a list now of alternative options available to you. That list should include alternative courses and universities.

- Think about where you want to go and what the university you’re looking at has to offer. Is there an opportunity for a placement year? What are the graduate prospects? What is the student experience like? Will you be using state-of-the-art equipment in your study? Who will you be taught by?

- Be realistic in choosing courses you want to study. Time is of the essence on results day. Use UCAS and check the course against your grades before calling.

- On the day do recognise that if you’re not getting offers for a course, due to your grades, you might need to rethink your chosen subject area or University you’re applying to.

Visit the universities you are considering attending where possible and remember to take someone with you for impartial advice, for example the University of Bradford has Clearing Open Days on 14 to 17 and 20 August.

- Make sure you’re contactable and can find information easily. Be close to a phone and computer.

- Do remember to stay calm. A-level results day and Clearing can be a daunting time, especially if you’ve suffered a disappointment with grades. Ringing up universities for a place through Clearing might be the last thing you feel like doing. Remember, thousands of other students in the UK will be in the same position and universities deal with the process of Clearing every year.