Here's how to prepare for results day if you have conditional offers.

If your offers are conditional on either SQA or A level results, it's now that you see if your exam results are high enough for the university/college to confirm your place on their course.

It can be a stressful day, so check you know how it works.

Preparing for results

If you're waiting for exam results, watch this video so you can prepare for results day and get to know what happens next.

Ever wondered who does what?

Find out where your exam results go and who does what with them.

What happens after results day?

Watch this video to get an overview of what to do after you get your results.

Have everything ready

  • Have your Track login details handy.
  • Update your contact details if you need to.
  • Make sure you're available on results day. We cannot speak to anyone else about your application details unless you've given them nominated access to speak on your behalf.
  • If you're interested, take a look at the latest on student number controls and ABB+ scenarios for English universities and colleges.

Check how your exam results get to your universities/colleges – most come directly to us from the awarding organisations, and we send them on to your choices. But if not you just send your exam results to your universities/colleges yourself.

What happens

Hopefully you'll get the exam grades you need, but if you just miss out the university/college might accept you anyway.

  • You might get a place on either your firm or insurance choice, depending how well your exams go.
  • You might be offered an alternative by the university/college – a 'changed course offer' (which you'll need to accept or decline), or you won't get a place, but you can search through our Clearing service to see what courses have vacancies.

We've added more details here on what your results could mean, as well as the different statuses that might show up in Track. If no decisions are showing give your universities/colleges a call to find out more.

Other options

If you do better than expected

If things didn't go to plan

  • See vacancies in our Clearing service. There's often a wide range of courses still available, so it's worth seeing if there's anything you like the look of.
  • Find info about exam re-marks. You'll need to try to arrange the re-mark as quickly as possible, and keep in touch with your university or college to keep them up to date.
  • Look into other options – like a gap year, work or an Apprenticeship – either instead of higher education, or just while you reapply for next year.

Then if you’ve got a place

Congratulations! We'll send you a letter confirming your place and your Confirmation letter should appear in Track five - seven days after your place is confirmed! 

  • Make sure you check your Confirmation letter – it will say if there's anything else you need to do, or if your university/college will be in touch with further instructions, maybe to provide proof of your qualifications or medical requirements for example.
  • Then all that's left is making sure any student finance arrangements are sorted, and prepare to start your studies.