16th August 2012
This morning I visited Springwood High School in King’s Lynn to offer some support to the students collecting their exam results and to say every emotion was in the air would be an understatement! So much happiness, relief and so many tears of joy from everyone made the morning an experience I won’t forget and one that the schools staff no doubt experience every single year.
I spoke to the school’s headmaster, the head of 6th form and maths before the results were released to the students and I got the idea that there was going to be lots of smiley faces, and there most defiantly were!
Well done to everyone.
If you are wondering why I’m smiling and holding a certificate that’s my pass from when I re-took my GCSE Maths again back when I was hosting the KL.FM Breakfast with Claire, I never got round to picking it up!
So you have said goodbye to school, you have your results and the rest of the summer is ahead of you...but now what?
If you have achieved the grades you expected UCAS will automatically update the status of offers for the universities or colleges you applied to online.
If your exam results are better than you expected you may be able to use 'Adjustment'. This service is accessed through Track and allows applicants who meet and exceed the conditions of their firm choice to reconsider where and what to study while retaining the option of their original place.
If you haven't got the results you were hoping for DO NOT worry. There are other options available through UCAS. Or alternatively you can re-sit some exams over summer.
If you did not get the results you wanted but still want to apply for university or college you can do it through 'Clearing'.
Students who want to consider a Clearing place can start looking at courses with vacancies from early in the morning on Thursday 16th August. You can find a list of universities and colleges with free places on the UCAS website or in the Telegraph. You should then contact the university or college directly and discuss the course and vacancy with them. Then from 5pm on Thursday 16th August you can make a formal application through Clearing through UCAS.
Some top tips...
- Make sure that you are available to speak to universities and colleges - treat your Clearing application like a job application - deal with it yourself. Don't leave it to your parents or friends to sort out.
- Start contacting the universities and colleges about the courses that interest you as soon as you can. An institution that is interested in you will ask for details such as your Clearing number and your Personal ID. You will probably also be asked questions about your exam results.
- When looking at courses through Clearing - make sure that the content of the course meets your needs, and check the entry requirements.
- Visit UCAS Connect which brings you the digital side of UCAS. It's the home of the online advice and tips about applying to university and college. Why not try following @ucas_online or @ucasclearing on Twitter for the latest updates?
- If you need help applying through Clearing or have a query about your application, you can contact the UCAS helpline on 0871 468 0 468. Lines are open from 07:00 - 19:00 from results day.
- For independent advice on the full range of post-exam options, you can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. Lines are open from 08:00 - 20:00 on results day.
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Posted by Simon Rowe at 4:19pm