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A-level results day

The big day’s nearly here! Hopefully, this is where all your hard work pays off, and you earn that place on your dream course.

Nerves are normal — but a little prep can go a long way. Here are some tips on navigating results day, and understanding your different options.

When is results day?

If you’re a UK-based student waiting on your A-level, IB (International Baccalaureate®), or BTEC results, they’ll be published on Thursday 17 August. Some BTEC results might also be confirmed in July. Results day for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is Tuesday 8 August.

Your school or college should have contacted you to let you know their own arrangements for results day. You'll either be going in to collect your grades or receiving them via email.

UCAS opens at 8 am on results day — and at that point, you can visit the UCAS Hub to see if you’ve been offered a university place.

Join us live on YouTube on Wednesday 16 August at 4.30 pm for a session on What to do on A-Level Results Day.

Your results day checklist

Results day comes with a lot of uncertainty — but you can make your life a lot easier by controlling the controllables. To help things go as smoothly as possible, try to make sure that:

  • you’re available, you’ve kept the day free, and you can make (and take) any important phone calls
  • you know what time your school or college opens, if you’re heading in to collect your results
  • you’ve organised all your UCAS documents ahead of time, ensuring those important details, passwords and reference numbers are all close at hand
  • your devices are fully charged — because it’s really not an ideal time for your phone or laptop to be running out of power
  • you’ve got a plan B, and you already know what to do in case of any surprises (check out our Clearing guide for more information).

When does UCAS Hub update on results day?

UCAS Hub updates at 8 am on results day. At this point, you'll notice changes on your application status. Here’s what those updated statuses mean.

  • Unconditional — your firm or insurance-choice university offer is confirmed. Congratulations!
  • If you're unsuccessful with your firm choice, but you meet the conditions of your insurance offer, you'll be transferred to your insurance-choice university. Again, well done! Just remember that if you accept your insurance place, you'll need to update your student finance and arrange your accommodation.
  • Unsuccessful — you've not been accepted by your university choice(s). Don’t fret, because you can now enter Clearing and apply to other universities.
  • Unconditional Changed Course (UCC) — you haven't met the conditions of your offer, but the University has made you an alternative offer, which you can explore and discuss.
  • If you receive an alternative offer from NTU, you'll need to accept or decline it. A member of our teaching staff (or one of our student ambassadors) could contact you to talk through the course. If you decline this alternative offer, you can then go into Clearing. Remember, you can reach us at +44 (0)115 848 6000 to discuss your options.

Here are some insights and answers to the questions we're most commonly asked about results day.

Universities receive your grades a few days ahead of results day. This gives us plenty of time to inform UCAS of our decision, so that they can update your application status.

If your results aren't showing in UCAS Hub, but you have your grades, you can contact the University and upload your documents regardless.

It's a (very) busy day, with tens of thousands of students across the UK receiving their grades. Almost inevitably, the system can slow down at times. Your grades should have been updated by mid-morning on results day, and if they haven't, it's almost certainly a case of a simple delay.

If your offer is with NTU, you can call +44 (0)115 848 6000 and we'll check your status. You'll also have the opportunity to upload your supporting documents through our online form.

If your firm or insurance choice is with NTU, we recommend that you call us first on +44 (0)115 848 6000 to discuss your options before declining your offer.

You won't be able to reverse the decision, so here are a few tips if you're thinking of self-releasing.

Firm choice: If you have changed your mind and don't want to accept your firm-choice offer, you can self-release by selecting ‘Decline my place’ in UCAS Hub. This will not automatically select your insurance choice, and this will also be declined. This will put your in Clearing, where you can apply and accept another course.

Insurance choice: If you don't want your insurance choice offer you can self-release and ‘Decline my place’ in UCAS Hub. This will put you in Clearing, where you can apply and accept another course.

Make sure you've done thorough research and received a Clearing offer for another course before self-releasing. You won't be able to accept the Clearing course if you're still holding an offer from either your firm or insurance choice.

Before declining your place, you'll need to decide which course you prefer. You won't be able to go back if you change your mind.

If you hold an Unconditional Firm (UF) place at NTU, and you want to change the course, we may be able to consider your request. Over the last 18 months, you'll have spent lots of time and effort choosing a course and university. There may be some specific factors or concerns influencing your decision to transfer to another course.

You can request a course change / transfer by completing the online form.

If you think you've met the conditions of your offer, but you've not been accepted by your university choice, you'll need to contact the university.

At NTU we'll ask you to submit your documents on our online form so we can review and assess your application.

If following your remark you meet the conditions of your original offer, you'll need to contact the university.

At NTU, you'll need to send us confirmation of your qualification using our online form so we can review your application. We will always try to offer you a place on your original course, but sometimes we may have to offer an alternative course subject to places being available.

However, please note that any NTU accommodation previously booked will have been automatically cancelled when you were rejected. If we can reinstate your offer, our Accommodation team will work with you to secure new accommodation.

If you have any queries call us on +44 (0)115 848 6000.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have experienced something sudden, temporary, and unforeseen, which has impacted your results you should contact your School / College or referee for support and inform the university.

At NTU we'll ask you to submit information on our online form so we can review the circumstances and make a decision on your application.

As well as the confirmation on UCAS Hub when your place is assured at NTU, we'll send you an email and text on results day and information in the post a couple of days later.

Now you can sit back and start preparing for university. We'll email you with a checklist of activities for Starting at NTU.

Deferring is where you have been accepted onto a course, but you decide to delay starting it by one year. You might apply in 2023 but defer to start university in 2024. If you wish to defer an NTU course, you'll need to request this on our online form.

You can request to defer if you apply to NTU through Clearing.

If you didn't get the results you hoped for and you need to rethink things, don't worry — you may be able to apply to NTU through Clearing.

Clearing is an opportunity to secure a place at a UK university. It runs every year from July to September and is a late-application opportunity for courses starting in September. When you have your results, you can apply. You can’t reserve a place in Clearing until you get your results — and that's why most people apply immediately after their A-level results are published.

Call us on +44 (0)115 848 6000 or apply online.

You may think university isn't right for you this year and decide to retake your A-levels and reapply for next year's entry.

There are lots of options: a gap year, paid work, a traineeship or apprenticeship, or studying other HE qualifications. We recommend speaking to your school or college to discuss your options.