A-level exam results 2012

16 August 2012

The waiting is finally over. Tens of thousands of students across the UK received their exam results this morning and we have already received some good news from several of our students – well done all.

This can be a stressful time, especially if you do not get the grades you were expecting to secure your first choice at university. It is advised to pick up your results in person so that you can talk to your teachers should you need to discuss what to do next. If you got the grades you needed, great. If not, you will need to seek advice from your teachers or career’s department. Below are some useful pointers to set you off in the right direction:

  • Don’t forget, universities will have your results before you, so if you have not already heard from them, we suggest you give them a call to see whether you have a place or not. Alternatively, you can use the Ucas system to track progress. Have your tracking number and other details at hand and be prepared to act fast.
  • Many students do not get on their first choice of course, so do not be disheartened – you may get offered a place with your insurance or second choice option. If you do not get a place at any of the five choices on your Ucas form, then you will automatically enter the Ucas clearing system. The Ucas website offer advice should you need to select a new course altogether.
  • Make sure you make the call to universities in person. They want to hear from you, not your parents or your friends.
  • Universities may offer you a diploma or foundation course, leading to a degree later; however, make sure you get the right advice before accepting any offers – don’t forget higher education is expensive.
  • Be certain to visit any new university to make sure that it is right for you.
  • Some students find other options are available to them that they may consider more appealing or appropriate at the time. For example, a gap year, work – voluntary or paid – starting a business, apprenticeship, further education – or travelling around the world (if you can afford it). Again, the Ucas website is a great source of information and guidance should you consider one of the alternative options.
At EducateFirst, we say “Look forward and not back”. Remain positive and set out to seek opportunities to help you enter one of the most important stages of your life. Decisions are not always easy to make and that is why so much support is offered to students. You simply need to ask for it.

All the best.

The EducateFirst Team.

5 thoughts on “A-level exam results 2012”

  1. Jamie Sanders

    It is getting harder to get a place at university these days. Students are competing for places on popular courses and many are disappointed. Perhaps more university places should be available, but this would mean more graduates in specific specialist fields, creating a need for more jobs, which there are a lack of at the moment for many reasons, which I will not go into here.
    — J Sanders.

  2. I discovered your “A-level exam results 2012 – securing a place at university – what to do with your grades”. Some really great information here which I have found very useful and I am sure many others have too. Hope this helps students 🙂 Take care.

  3. Gill Malore

    Well done students for getting excellent grades in your exams. Now it’s time to face the real world.

  4. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It’s the old what goes around comes around routine.

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