The Ultimate Guide to Results Day

Waiting for results can be one of the most nerve-wracking times of your life. Maybe you’re excited because you think you’ve done well, or dreading it because you’re worried that you've failed. It’s a very anxious time.
Whichever bracket you fall into, you will still need to know what results day entails, and how to best be prepared for it.

Before Results Day


It may be easier said than done, but stressing isn't going to change what grade you have. You’ve already sat the exams so there is nothing more you can do. Enjoy the rest of your summer and make the most of your free time.

Have all the necessary information

Most results days are held at your school or college, so it will be useful to know things such as what time it will be open or which entrance to use. However, if you study through distance learning, you may be receiving your results by email, in which case it is handy to know when and ensure that you have access to a computer at the time.

Be prepared for all outcomes

It is best to be objective in situations like this. Don’t assume you are going to fail but be aware of the possibilities if this does happen. Are you going to go through Clearing? Are you going to take a year out? Or are you going to look at other options available? Have a clear idea of how you will approach this situation should it occur.

On Results Day

Stay calm.

Regardless of what happens, stay calm. Like we said, there is nothing you can do to change the results. But there is always something you can do to change what happens after you receive your results.

Don’t make any rash decisions.

When students don’t receive the grades they want, they can panic and do the quickest thing possible that seems like a good idea. Luckily, if you follow our guide to results day, you will already be prepared and know the options available to you, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

If you get your expected results…

CONGRATULATIONS! All that hard work has paid off!
If you have studied GCSEs, then ensure your place at your college or sixth form is confirmed. Some places have entry requirements so it is best to make sure.
If you have done your A Levels and are planning to go to university, then check UCAS track as this will have confirmation of your place and the instructions on how to confirm.
But if you aren’t planning on going to university or study your A Levels, check out the other options available to you, such as distance learning courses, apprenticeships or work schemes.

If you didn’t get your expected results…

Don’t worry, there is always an option. For all you know, your study establishment may have still offered you a place, so you should still check to know what to do next.
If you are not offered a place, there are a few options available to you:

  • Apply to university through Clearing – UCAS will match your grades with various university courses to find you a place.
  • Resit your exams and defer for a year – it is okay to not progress immediately after school or college. Many people retake or have a gap year and attend the following year.
  • Consider other options – university is not for everyone. There are other options available that will still allow you to start your dream career and get to where you want to be.
  • Apply for a BTEC course - sometimes these courses have lower acceptance grades and may be an option for you to take.

If your results are better than expected…
CONGRATULATIONS! All that hard work has paid off!
If you are planning to go to university, check UCAS Track. This will have confirmation of your place and the instructions on how to confirm.
However, you can also choose to apply through Adjustment and see if there are any places in other university or on different courses that these higher grades will allow you to apply to.

After Results Day

Enjoy yourself!

All the stress of results day is over and you can look forward to what is to come. Make the most of your summer and be proud of what you have achieved.
If you need any more help with choosing what to do after results day, our student adviser team are more than happy to help. Call us on 03300 563 100 and we can take the stress out of results day.

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

The Ultimate Guide to Results Day