AS & A Level Results
For many college or sixth form students, results day is a crucial time that could help them progress onto the next stage of their academic life. There is some information you should read before it comes to ensure you are fully prepared on that all-important morning.
AS Level Results:
I got higher grades than predicted:
This is great news for your second year at school or college; this means you did better than expected and have a good head start for next year. This means that you can potentially look into the possibility of university Adjustment (See more below), to see if you are eligible for a place at another university, you may even have better UCAS points this time round, too!
I got the grades I was expected:
This is good news too. If you continue your hard work, you should be on track to achieving your expected grades next year.
I got lower grades than I was predicted:
These things happen, and you certainly won’t be alone in this. If this is the case, then you may want to look into the possibility of applying to university via Clearing (See more below).
This is where you can request to have your exam papers remarked. If you look at your marks, check to see if they were different from what you were predicted, or if you were only a handful of marks away from the next grade up. Remember, when papers are re-marked they can be marked up or down, and you could end up worse off in the process. Talk to your tutor or teacher before sending your papers off for a remark.
This is where you can re-sit your exam or paper if you don’t want to request a re-mark. It is best to talk to your tutor or teacher about requesting a resit, and if they believe it to be worthwhile, they will send it off for January or June, giving you enough time to study and prepare for the exam. Plenty of students choose to take a gap year after university anyway (If this is you, then you should always consider the pros and cons of a gap year first), but you can look into the possibility of retaking your exams during a gap year.
What subjects should I carry on to A2?
Deciding which subjects to study at A2 level can be hard. The first thing to consider is to carry on the subjects that you enjoy the most, secondly, choose the subject that you did well in as there is a good chance you will continue to do well next year. Think carefully before choosing which subject to drop and if you find it hard to make a decision remember the workload that will come at A2 level. It can seem exciting to carry on all AS subjects but the majority of subjects are harder in the second year and many students find it extremely stressful to study more than three A2 levels.
You have met your first choice
Congratulations! This means you received the grades you were predicted and are able to go to your firm offer choice. Depending on the university the majority of institutions allow you to respond to their offer via UCAS Track unless they stated otherwise previously.
You have met your insurance offer
This means you didn’t meet the requirements for your first choice, but you have to your second choice. Again you can update your status via UCAS Track and then wait to get your letter in the post.
What about Adjustment?
If you have received better grades than predicted, you can change your first choice offer through university adjustment. You only get a limited time of five days to find another university or course choice so make sure it is enough time to research the universities.
What about Clearing?
If you received lower grades than predicted, you could still attend university by applying for courses that are still available through Clearing. Universities publish the courses that are still available so allow yourself enough time to thoroughly research these.
Received a different offer from the university?
Sometimes you may be offered another place on a different course from a university you applied for. You can choose to decline this offer within five days and choose your insurance offer, if they offered you a place, or go through Clearing.
Deferring your university place
You can also defer you university place until next year. This means your university will hold your place on the course until the following academic year. This is only once your grades have been received, and you received what you were predicted or higher. You should contact the university as soon as possible once you’ve made the decision. The majority of institutions will not mind that you wish to take a year off before studying at higher education, but in case they cannot keep your place, it will be best to withdraw your application and then re-apply next year.