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Results time is here again!  It’s a tense time for teenagers and their parents/carers as the moment of truth draws closer.  Hopefully the day will bring relief and celebration, but what if your results aren't as expected?

The key is being prepared for any eventuality. Our experienced careers advisers have compiled this useful checklist to help you through this stressful time.  

Before the day:

  • Keep results day and the following days free
  • Know the arrangements for getting your results
  • Have contact phone numbers, your UCAS Track login details, etc to hand
  • Research all your options so that you have a back up plan
  • If you’ve applied to university browse Clearing vacancies on the Telegraph’s free app on iPhone or Android or go online
  • Check out and Milkround to research alternatives to university

On the Day

  • Keep calm - remember that whatever happens there are always other options
  • If you’ve applied for an apprenticeship or job, contact the employer to confirm your results or negotiate your offer as they may still accept you
  • If you’ve applied for uni log on to UCAS track to find out your status
  • If your results are better than expected check UCAS track to see if you can upgrade via adjustment
  • If you’ve been entered into Clearing look at the vacancies and phone the institutions that interest you – but be prepared to wait in a queue!
  • It’s important to act quickly as places get snapped up but consider your options carefully and don’t make a hasty decision could later regret
  • Other options to explore include taking a gap year, reapplying next year or possibly retaking or repeating a year
  • Get advice from school staff and your school’s careers adviser on the day or call us on 03300 248 258 to arrange to see an adviser

After the Day

  • If you need to change your plans and don’t know where to start, consider getting further advice
  • Adviza offers a range of services to support you including drop-in events, one to one guidance sessions and assessments. Find out more.

Good luck!

Need to talk through your career choices? Book a session with a professional adviser.


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