A Level Results Day Survival Guide

August 14, 2017 by Joe M

A Level Results Day Guide

Our A Level results day guide aims to help answer the dreaded question: What if I don't get the grades I expected or needed?

With A level results day upon us and GCSE grades coming out the following week, this is understandably a stressful time for many young people across England and Wales. Revision sessions are already a distant memory and ring binders full of notes are gathering dust, so hopefully all of that hard work will pay off. However, if you don’t get the results you expected or needed, then read our top Tutorfair tips on what to do next.

Before you arrive at school

Before you even get to school or college, try to get a good night’s sleep so that you arrive early and ready for whatever lies ahead. It may end up being a long day of partying or a longer one of speaking with admissions tutors.

Before you open that envelope, have someone nearby that you value and trust. Having a friend, family member or teacher around will act as a pillar of strength.

Have your UCAS personal ID ready so you can login to Track, UCAS’s online application tracking system. You can check the status of your application here and make modifications to your contact details if necessary.

Didn't get the grades you wanted?

If you don’t get the exact grades required for your first choice university, get in touch with the university directly as they may still accept you if you’ve only missed the grades by a hairsbreadth.

Alternatively, make sure you have your UCAS clearing number ready to hand because if your top higher education choices haven’t come through, then time will be of the essence. Go on the UCAS clearing service and find a course that still suits you. (It is even quicker and easier if you have a list prepared in case.)

If your exam result is different from that predicted by your teachers, check with your school or college to see if they would be willing to pay for it to be remarked. Otherwise, you could pay for that yourself but this can be an expensive option.

Consider alternatives

For some students, their results are going to come as a big shock to them. If there’s nothing suitable in clearing, maybe consider taking a gap year. You could get a job to earn some extra money, volunteer with a charity or even go travelling.

If you don’t get into your first choice of university, alternative options should be considered. You could always get onto an Apprenticeship scheme where you can work for a major corporation or firm and get ahead of your peers by the time they graduate. City and Guilds apprenticeships are also an option that offer in-work training with professional qualifications.

Seek out useful advice from the National Careers Service. For alternative careers information, you could always use professional tutors of whom many have already navigated the complicated hurdles of university admissions and are experts in helping students gain access to Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions.


Arrange for resits in the exams that disappointed you the most and seriously think about contracting a tutor in the build-up to the final tests. The expertise of tutors like those at Tutorfair will be able to resolve any curriculum issues and boost your skills and confidence.
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