Finally the day has arrived! A-Level results are out today. With many students either dreading it, or excited that the wait is finally over, we’ve got our advice on what to do, however the day goes.

If you got the results and course you wanted

Step 1: Smile!

This one’s pretty simple. If you’ve gotten the results and the course you wanted, take some time to appreciate it. Your hard work paid off.

Celebrate! You’ve earned it. Congratulations!

Also remember that education is the best investment! Check out how attending university can significantly increase your earning potential!

Step 2: Start making plans

Hopefully you’ve already started thinking about where you’re going to live, and how you’re going to pay for your expenses while you’re at Uni. If you haven’t – it’s good time to make plans.

Student loans: If you haven’t already, explore what funding options are available to you. Your university should be able to help with you with. Check out our list of student support pages by uni to learn more. 

Budgets: Check out our advice on making your budget for the year, and download our budget making template.

Accommodation: If you’re still undecided about where to live, now’s the time to start making decisions. You can check out this guide to getting a decent student accommodation for a decent price.

Be responsible. We know that being a student is great! We’ve been there ourselves not so long ago. However, you should be responsible with your money. Check out how NOT to spend your student loan.

Campus? We have visited good few universities over the year. Keep an eye out on our website for when we are visiting your uni!

If you didn’t get the results for the course you wanted

Step 1: Take a breath

No doubt you’ve been waiting on these results for some time and getting bad news back can be scary. But it’s important to remain calm. There are still other options, so. You can read our guest blog on why this isn’t the end of the world

Step 2: Consider your options

Clearing: Vacancies are published on August 12th at 6pm. So even before you get your results, you’ll be able to see what alternative options there could be for you. You may be able to find the same course at another university, or perhaps you want to take a different route.

Resit your exams next year: If you only missed out on the grades you needed by a small amount, resits could be an option. This could also give you some time to travel, volunteer, or gain work experience (as well as save money for when you’re studying). This will also give you more life experience, and time to think about what you really want from your future.

It’s worth remembering that some courses won’t accept retakes, or may have a higher requirement for them. Make sure you check before you make your decision.

And university isn’t the only path to your future. There are apprenticeships, school leaver’s programmes and traineeships too. Make sure you consider ALL your options.

Step 3: If you’re going through Clearing

Speak with your teachers: This is something they will have gone through before with many students, so they will be able to give you some guidance on what to do.

Work on your interview skills: When you contact universities during clearing, some of them will just want to know your grades, but others will want to ask some further questions, to learn more about you. Make sure you’ve done some preparation in advance so that you’re not caught off guard. You should also dig out your personal statement to help give you some talking points.

Whatever path you find is best for you, we wish you the best of luck!