So this may be exaggerated. But regardless of how you feel about results day, it’s key to note that it can come with a few surprises: some welcome, some unwelcome. It’s best to be prepared, so here are a few tips on what you can do now in case you don’t get into your chosen institution. You have a few options:
Determined to go to university this year? Clearing allows you to find the right course at a great institution. The Clearing phone lines are always busy on results day, which can be stressful, but follow these steps to help Clearing go as smooth as possible:
- Make a list of potential Clearing courses and institutions in advance (search all of the courses on offer through Clearing here). Think back to your initial university choices: what made you choose them? Clearing does not equal compromise, so make sure you are asking the same questions of your Clearing choices as you did of your initial choices to find a good fit.
- On results day, be contactable. Check UCAS, and ring your initial university choices first - they may still accept you. If unsuccessful, phone your list of Clearing choices straight away. Preparing in advance means you should be successful in finding a place.
More helpful information on Clearing can be found on these sites: University of Bradford, The Independent, Save The Student and UCAS.
2. Gap Year/Employment
Receiving unexpected results often indicates that the future you thought you wanted, may not be right for you. Perhaps you are wondering if going to university this year is right for you, if at all.
- Taking a gap year offers ample time for you to make decisions about your future. During a gap year you could: re-apply to university, re-take exams, earn money, travel…the possibilities are endless.
- Going into employment may be a better fit for you. Opportunities such as apprenticeships and traineeships allow you to study while you earn and gain key skills, and they may be more useful if you have a certain career in mind.
Ultimately, your future does not rest solely in the hands of results day, it rests with you. Research your options, prepare well, and most importantly, don’t worry.