A spokesperson for the EA said: “The days following the publication of A Level results can bring many mixed emotions. For those who achieve their required results it will be a day of great excitement and relief, but for others it can prove to be very stressful for both students and parents alike. During the challenging days which may follow the results, it is important to remain positive, and be prepared to be proactive during what can be a stressful and uncertain time."
Some practical points to consider for students.
- You will be able to track your university decisions via the UCAS website (www.ucas.com). This can be a very useful tool to monitor the progress of your application and will give you the most up to date information.
- If you successfully achieve the grades or points required for your university course you will automatically be placed there and will receive confirmation from UCAS.
- For those who might have fallen short on grades there can be an anxious wait in the days after results are published. It is important to use the university help lines to speak to university staff who can offer support. Where possible, you should plan to attend the University’s Post Results Advice Days where you can get an opportunity to meet directly with university staff and discuss your application.
- If you are eligible for the “Clearing System” this can be an option when you will be able to access places on courses which universities still have available. It is important to use this system carefully and avoid the temptation to accept a place on a course which you may have limited knowledge of. Take time to research the course and the university thoroughly.
- Make use of all the support that is on offer. Consider all options carefully and be cautious. If necessary, take a little bit of extra time to think things through before confirming your plans.
- Additional applications may also have been made by some students to St. Mary’s University College Belfast, Stranmilis University College Belfast, and Universities in the South of Ireland or to Further Education Colleges. For those of you in this position, it is important to have read in detail all communication these institutions may have sent you, and particularly note any requirement to forward your results to them.
“There can be many wide and varied routes to your chosen career, some will take the direct route others will take a more scenic route, but ultimately the destination can remain the same, it is just the journey which will differ. Your A Level results may help determine the route you take to achieving your chosen career but not your ultimate career destination!”