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What to do next

Here you can see what to do in different circumstances, depending on:

  • if you're still waiting for your application to be updated
  • if you didn't get the results you needed to get your place confirmed
  • if you've been accepted on to one of your choices

Who to contact for help 

Unexpected grades?

If you haven’t done as well as you expected in your exams, don’t worry. There are still a number of options available to you. Here's what to do if you didn't do as well as you expected:

  1. Talk to your teachers and family about your options. Speak to the university or college you planned to go to – they may still take you, especially if you only just missed out on your grades. 
  2. If you’re not able to get onto your chosen course, you can use UCAS’ Clearing service to find a similar course which is right for you, with entry requirements that match your grades. Find out more about Clearing.
  3. If you’re not able to get onto your chosen course, you may be able to resit your exams. Speak to your teachers about this and what you need to do next. 
  4. Alternatively, you can look at doing something different, like a gap year or employment. Find out more about your options.

Still waiting? 

Don't worry if you're still waiting for a uni or college decision to be updated in Track.

  • The uni or college will update your application when they've seen all your results.
  • They have a lot of applications to update though, so it might take some time.
  • In some cases it might be that your results haven't come through yet.

More about waiting for decisions

Requesting a review or appeal?

If you missed your conditions, you might decide to request a review or an appeal.

  • If so, your uni or college choices should delay making a decision until the outcome is available, until 7 September.
  • Apply for the review or appeal early and let your uni or college know what's happening.
  • If you get a higher grade, send this to your uni or college choices by 7 September. (or ask if they can extend the date for you).

More about exam reviews and appeals

Looking for more courses?

If you didn't get a place from a firm or insurance offer, you could try our Clearing service to find another course.

  • From 6 July, all Clearing vacancies are listed in our search tool, for applicants who already have their results. If you're still waiting for results you can see what may be available, should you become eligible later.
  • Look for courses and talk to universities about any vacancies you're interested in.
  • If you can't visit, check out our list of uni virtual tours and virtual open days to help you get a feel for the place. 

How Clearing works

Been accepted? 

If one of your choices has been confirmed then you're in. Congratulations!

  • The uni or college will be in touch if there are any remaining requirements, like proof of your qualifications.
  • You're now entered into an agreement with them.
  • So if you have any second thoughts, you'll have to discuss your options with them.

More about what to do next

Better results than expected?

If you met and exceeded the conditions of your firm offer you might be interested in looking for an alternative course.

  • If you're happy with your first choice then stick with that.
  • However, with our Adjustment service you can see what other options there might be.
  • Adjustment is available for up to five days between A level results day (13 August 2020) — 31 August 2020.

How Adjustment works

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