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Getting ready for A-Level results day? We’ve pulled together all the key information

by Guy Murphy

Young people across Knowsley will be waking up to their A-Level results on Thursday 17 August and while many will be celebrating, some might not have got the results they wanted. We’ve pulled together all the options available on results day to help you be prepared for every eventuality.

Got the results you needed?

If you received the results, you needed and have had a provisional offer from university or college of your choice, there are two potential scenarios:

You’ve been accepted!

Congratulations. The university or college will be in touch if any more information is required.

Your offer hasn’t been updated

Don’t worry. There are lots of applications being updated at the same time so there might be some delay with updating your offer status. Applications can take up to 24 hours to update so check back later.

You can find more about waiting for decisions here.

Not got the grades you expected?

Firstly, don’t worry – there are plenty of options available if you didn’t get the results you had hoped for.

Your college or sixth form will have staff on hand to provide advice and support, so speak to them to discuss your results initially.

Alternatively, you can speak to an adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or use webchat – visit the National Careers website to start a chat. They are available from 8am until 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

Some of the options available to you include:

  • Speak to the university or college. There might be some flexibility depending on other results and if you narrowly missed your offer requirements.
  • You could look for an alternative course through Clearing.
  • In some circumstances you might be able to appeal your grade. You would need to speak to your college or sixth form to discuss this.
  • You could consider an alternative option. Instead of going to university, you could take an education break or look into apprenticeships.

Struggling or feeling down about your results?

It can feel very overwhelming if you don’t get the grades you expected, and it is okay to be upset. However, remember you are not alone and there is lots of support available to you.

If you need help with your mental health or wellbeing, contact one of the organisations below:

  • Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity and has lots of information and resources to help. They also have an online hub called Student Space to help you manage the challenges of student life during coronavirus.
  • The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has advice and tips to for managing anxiety and stress during Clearing.
  • Young Minds has advice for young people who are disappointed with their exam results.
  • Access free, safe, and anonymous mental health support online (providing NHS services) through Kooth – find out what support is available for you.