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.
All the best.
The EducateFirst Team.