Results Days – information for current students

Results Days – information for current students

A/AS Levels

Students can access results either by logging in to their student portal (can use name and date of birth) from 6am on Thursday 14th August, or come into College to collect their results from the exams office hatch from 8am

GCSEs

Students can access results either by logging in to their student portal (can use name and date of birth) from 6am on Thursday 21st August, or come into College to collect their results from the exams office hatch from 8am

 

RESULTS DAY THURSDAY 14th AUGUST 2014

06.00 am

You may access your results from the Brock Portal.

The UCAS social media team will be around from 6 am and the contact centre opens at 7.30 am for enquiries

08.00 am

UCAS Track goes live – you need your UCAS Track login details.  You will be able to see your university confirmation.  Track will update to confirm if you have been accepted into either your firm or insurance choice university and you will be able to view your confirmation letter in Track.  YOU MUST READ THIS LETTER as it may contain information from your university about what to do next.  Also remember to double check all your contact details so the university sends your information to the right place.

09.00 am

Advisers available at College to help you.

 

PLEASE NOTE

  • Universities will have received your results before you do so they will have made decisions regarding your place by the time you receive your results.
  • If you didn’t get the grades DON’T PANIC – read the section below on Clearing
  • If you got better grades than expected – read the section below on Adjustment

 

A Level Grade

UCAS Points Value AS Level Grade UCAS Points Value

A*

140

A

120

A

60

B

100

B

50

C 80 C

40

D 60 D

60

E 40 E

20

 

If you narrowly missed your grades speak to your university –they may still accept you.  You should do this not your parents/guardians.   You may be offered an alternative course by the university which you will need to accept or decline in UCAS Track.  If not, check your status on Track to find out if you are eligible for Clearing.

 

CLEARING

UCAS Clearing allows students to find courses that are still available, including those at a number of top universities. Last year there were more than 34,000 courses on offer through Clearing, so there’s plenty of choice out there.  UCAS’ Clearing process lets you apply for courses that still have places available. This is for those who have not received any offers, rejected all their offers, or missed the conditions of their offers. You can use Clearing if your track status says ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’. If your status has not been updated your application might be under consideration by your university, even if you have missed your grades. It’s worth ringing them to see what your current status is, so you know what steps to take next.

You are also eligible to go through Clearing if you withdraw your application to your firm and/or insurance choices, although you should consult with your teachers or advisers before doing so.  Advisers are available at College to help you from 9 am.

Clearing is already open for those who have their results, but are currently not holding any offers. Some universities may, however, wait until A-Level results day before making any offers. For everyone else, Clearing is open until 30th September.

You can search for all available courses online or through the Telegraph Clearing App. Once you’ve made a shortlist of which courses you are interested in, you should call up the individual universities. It is very important that you call up yourself, rather than asking your parents to speak on the phone on your behalf.

Make sure you have your Clearing number – which you can find on Track – and your Personal ID number at the ready. In the heat of the moment you might forget your A Level and GCSE grades, so make sure you write them down, and also note their UCAS points value.

 

ADJUSTMENT

If you DID BETTER THAN EXPECTED you may consider applying through Adjustment which gives you that opportunity to “trade up” to a better university or course without losing your current offer.  Adjustment is a five day window, so you have to be quick. Although the Adjustment period lasts from Results Day until the 31st of August, you are only given five days to find an alternative course or university from the time you register in Track, so the quicker you are to register, the more likely you are to secure a place at a university or on a course that you want.

You can register for Adjustment via the UCAS Track system so universities are able view your application. Next, ring the university you’d be interested in attending (regardless of whether you have previously applied for them or not) and let them know that you’ve exceeded your expected results and are interested in enrolling with them through Adjustment.  Find out if there are any available vacancies and if there are not, keep it moving- don’t be tempted to waste time on a fruitless phone call. Remember, unlike Clearing, there is no list of participating universities in Adjustment, so make sure you’re sitting comfortably as this could take a while.

If you’re offered a place and are happy to take it, UCAS Track will be updated with your new university/course choice. Be aware that once your new university has put the offer into Track, your original firm choice will become null and void; there’s no going back so be sure to have a think before you commit to anything.

Adjustment may be an excellent option for some but an ill-suited one for others. No matter how well-prepared you may be, university still comes as a big culture shock for most, so if you’re set to undo all the planning and research you’ve done around one institution, make sure it’s a decision you won’t find yourself regretting. A university being ranked better than another in the league tables doesn’t immediately make it the better choice for you, and you’ll have to be prepared to put in the ground work when it comes to sorting out new accommodation, bursaries, grants and the like. Courses can and often do differ greatly institution to institution, so don’t bargain on switching English degrees, for example and the course exactly matching the syllabus outlined by your previously confirmed choice.

Most importantly, don’t feel pressured to go into Adjustment if it isn’t for you. It can be frustrating for those who get their hopes up about attending a seemingly superior university only to be very disappointed if they don’t find what they were looking for.

If you DON’T WANT TO ACCEPT THE PLACE you have been offered you will have to call the university who made you the offer and ask to be “released”.  This can take up to ten days and there is no going back so you MUST be ABSOLUTELY SURE this is what you want to do.

If you WANT TO DEFER you must call the university and ask if this is possible.  Some universities will agree others will not.  It is worth having a very good reason in place to support your decision.  You can talk your decision through with your university before informing them of your decision.

 

Useful Links

http://www.ucas.com/

http://clearing.telegraph.co.uk/ – Clearing Apps available for iPhone and Android

http://university.which.co.uk – useful for finding out info on universities quickly