When is A level results day in 2017?
The A level results day schedule for 2017 is as follows:
- Released to exam centres on the 16th of August.
- Released to students on the 17th of August.
What do I need to do?
To collect your results, you will need to contact your exam centre. You may be required to attend in person to collect the results, if this is the case, be sure to bring a form of photo ID to confirm your identity. You will normally be issued a document that confirms your grades for each unit and your overall A Level grade.
Students who have applied to university through UCAS will be able to log in to check their results from 6 AM. Many students opt for this option, so be prepared to wait, the UCAS website is frequently overloaded on results day and you may not be able to access it for several hours. When you manage to get to the UCAS website, you will be able to track your application through UCAS’ Track service.
The UCAS website encourages student to:
- Have your Track sign in details handy and update your contact details if you need to.
- Make sure you’re available on results day, because they can’t speak to anyone else about your application details unless you give them nominated access to speak on your behalf.
- Check how your exam results get to your universities/colleges – most go directly to UCAS from the awarding organisations, and they send them on to your choices. But if not, you just send your exam results to your universities or colleges yourself.
Generally, students will encounter one of the following 3 outcomes:
- You are holding at least one conditional place – This means that your university has not yet confirmed your place to UCAS. You should contact the University directly for more information.
- Your place has been confirmed – This means you have been accepted onto one or more of your choices! Congratulations! You will be contacted on what to do next.
- You are in Clearing – This means you did not get any offers or your results mean you did not meet the conditions on an offer.
What is Clearing?
If you have been placed in clearing, it means you do not currently have a place on a university course. Clearing is where UCAS tries to match up students to courses that currently have unfilled places. Students in clearing will see which courses currently have places and may apply for them. Clearing runs from July to September, but places will be taken up as soon as results are released.
From here, you have 2 options:
- Enter the clearing process and locate a course – Think very carefully about this option. Clearing offers you the chance to go to university as planned, but it might not be for the subject(s) or Universities that you applied for. It is tempting to accept a clearing place but consider if the course/university is one you really want to attend. It is unwise to enter onto a course that wasn’t one of your main choices for the sake of going to university.
- Do not go through clearing – Consider improving your grades through re-sits of units or a complete fresh start. While it can seem disheartening, going into University with a year’s more experience, maturity and with improved results can be very beneficial.
If you are interested in retaking you’re A Levels you might be interested in our Fast track A Level courses. This would give you another year to work on your knowledge so you could sit your exams in May June next year. This can be done from the comfort of your own home with the full support of our experience tutors.
Certificates are not issued on results day. Certificates are issued 2-3 months after results day and are normally posted directly to students by their exam centres. Students should contact their exam centre to confirm.
If after receiving your results you feel that your grades are not an accurate representation of your work, or you feel that you were disadvantaged on the day of the exam, you have the option to appeal. An appeal does not guarantee that your grade will change. An appeal must be made within 14 calendar days of receiving your results. Students considering an appeal should contact their exam centre. The awarding body may choose to charge you or your centre fees to process an appeal.
Please see the following links on how to contact Edexcel, OCR and AQA:
If all didn’t go well with your A Levels and you can’t bear the idea of going through another year (or two) of study to retake your A Levels, you can always look at other routes and qualifications. Diplomas are also a great way of getting qualifications you need for your dream job or university place. Unlike A Levels, they aren’t tied to an exam timetable and all your work is assessed on a coursework basis.