A level Results Day 2023: Navigating the Process for Applying to University Thursday, 10 August 2023

Are you ready for A level Results Day 2023? Whether you’re anticipating your grades with excitement or feeling a bit jittery, we’ve got you covered with essential tips to help you navigate this pivotal moment in your academic journey. No matter the outcome, remember that you have numerous pathways available to you. Let’s dive into what you can expect on this day and how to prepare for it.

When and Where: A level Results Day 2023

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 17, 2023 – the big day is approaching! You can collect your results anytime from 8 am onwards or when your school/college opens its doors.

Top Tips for Preparing

The secret to conquering results day nerves lies in being prepared and organised. Here are the key things to keep in mind:

  • Gather your UCAS information (if you plan to go to University): Ensure you have your UCAS ID, log-in details, UCAS Clearing number (if eligible), Clearing phone numbers for your chosen universities, pens, paper, phone charger, personal statement, and even your GCSE results.
  • Plan B: Even if you’re confident, having a plan B is essential. Review alternative course options and revisit your personal statement. Practice mini-interview situations to ace potential Clearing phone calls.
  • Sleep Well: A well-rested mind is better equipped to handle anything. Try your best to get a good night’s sleep and be kind to yourself.

What to Expect on A level Results Day

The moment is finally here – what happens next?

  • You can pick up your results from your school or college. UCAS will update your Hub around 8:15 am, but remember that the system might be busy. Checking UCAS Hub will inform you about your university offers, but you’ll still need to pick up your results for the grades.

Different Scenarios, Different Actions

  • Have you met your firm offer: Congratulations! Once your UCAS Hub status updates expect a confirmation from your firm choice. Get ready to embark on your university journey.
  • Did you just miss your predicted grades: Don’t be disheartened. Check your Hub – you might receive an unconditional offer or a place on a different course at the same university. If declining, consider Clearing or reapplying.
  • Are your grades lower than predicted: Breathe. Check your Hub and contact the university to discuss your situation. Remember, your school has resources to guide you through various options, including Clearing and alternative pathways.
  • Are your grades higher than predicted: Unexpected success? Congratulations! Embrace your achievement and prepare for university.

Embracing Clearing

If Clearing becomes your path, remember these tips:

  • Start with Original Choices: Consider universities you initially researched and applied to.
  • Be Proactive: Make Clearing calls yourself, as universities will want to speak to you directly.

Beyond Results Day

Your journey doesn’t end with results. Here’s what comes next:

  • Sorting accommodation: Don’t wait – secure accommodation promptly.
  • Finances in order: Plan your budget and explore ways to manage costs effectively.
  • Researching your new home: Familiarise yourself with your new surroundings.
  • There are always choices, and always opportunities

Remember, no matter the outcome, there’s always a way forward. Whether you choose to defer, retake exams, explore gap year opportunities, or head straight to university, your future remains bright.

A-level results day is a pivotal moment, but it’s just a step in your academic journey. Stay prepared, keep an open mind, and remember that you have options. Embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Congratulations on your hard work, and best of luck on this exciting adventure!


If you’re thinking about applying to university, we recommend visiting the UCAS website well in advance. UCAS offers a wealth of resources to assist you in preparing your application. These resources include essential dates to remember, detailed course information, and guidance on the application process. Please note that NEC is unable to offer assistance regarding the entry requirements you’ll need to fulfill.

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