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How to maximize the day of results

How to maximize the day of results

Are you set for the day of results? Make the most of your results day by following this guide to explore all of your options and get advice and help before the big day.

The palms that are perspiring, the excitement, and what appear to be the most significant documents you have ever seen. Any student who is waiting on results may feel anxious and overwhelmed, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Days for GCSE and A-Level results are quickly approaching, therefore now is the perfect opportunity to become informed on everything related to the big day. This article will provide you with excellent information, a list of significant dates to keep in mind, and direction on what to do next.

What you need to know about results day 2023

Here are some crucial dates to keep in mind before we get into the main body of the guide. Thursday, August 17 is A-Level results day and Thursday, August 24 is GCSE results day this year. You should receive detailed instructions from your school or college regarding the location and time of the results pickup.

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Top tips for surviving results day

Results day can quickly become disorganized and stressful, so here are some recommendations to help you make the most of the day and make things a bit simpler.

  • Prepare beforehand.Make sure you are aware of the precise location and time required to obtain your desired outcomes. If you are unable to attend on the scheduled day, you must also notify your school. The night before, pack your luggage with any necessary paperwork (for sixth form students, this would include any correspondence from UCAS). Also, make sure to eat before you go, as there’s nothing worse than feeling nervous when you’re starving.
  • Talk with family, friends and teachers. Even if it might seem strange to you, there are probably some people you know who have been there and done that. Talking to loved ones about how you’re feeling both before and after receiving your findings is nothing to be ashamed of. Having an early conversation with your professors will help put things in perspective, since they will be aware of your academic progress and professional goals.
    Keep your options open. By now, you’ll already have an idea of which college or university you want to study at, if you’ve decided to continue on to higher education. Depending on your results, things may go exactly as planned or look a little different. Fortunately, you always have options.

I’ve got my results – now what?

Bravo! You made it through the most difficult portion and made it through results day, regardless of the outcomes you had hoped for. Let’s move on to the possible next actions. Fortunately, there are several choices.


You have probably already applied to the institutions of your choice if you are an A-Level student. On results day, the colleges you have targeted for your application will have either made an unconditional offer, which indicates you already satisfy their requirements, a conditional offer, which states your place is contingent upon your results, or a failed offer.


You might have been accepted into your first, second, or third choice of institution, depending on your grades and conditional or unconditional offers. Don’t worry if the outcomes you were hoping for weren’t what you got.

Universities across the country hold spaces for students, during a post-results day period known as Clearing. Applying to a university through Clearing will give you an opportunity to study your chosen degree, even if you didn’t get the results you wanted.

For some added flexibility, if you’re interested in completing an online degree, FutureLearn offers a growing library of online degrees from top, global universities, so you can study whenever and wherever you want.

If you’re a GCSE student, things are a little easier in terms of further study. By now, you’ll have chosen whether you want to keep studying at your school through to sixth form or move to a separate college. Simple enough, right?

Gap year

Now, you can think about taking a gap year if you want to try something different and postpone starting college or a job in the fall. Although taking a gap year is often associated with traveling through Southeast Asia on a backpack, staying in hostels, and taking trains, there are other options.

Gap years are an excellent opportunity to venture outside of your comfort zone, pick up a few new skills, and take some well-earned time off before continuing your education. You can work for a while, enroll in a few online courses, or just travel.


Are you interested in learning while also developing your resume? Then you might benefit from an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships offer the chance to work, earn money, obtain the requisite certifications, and obtain useful experience for post-GCSE students—or anyone, really.

There are a few levels available, depending on the academic stage you plan to start from. You’re likely to find an apprenticeship that fits you because they are available for almost any industry and career path.


It’s possible that you’ve completed your A-Levels and decide against attending college. Entering the workforce without any prior experience might be daunting; yet, with the right tools and direction, it can be an exciting beginning to a lucrative career.

We provide a variety of courses to help you advance your skills at any point in your career, whether you’re starting a paid internship or an entry-level position.

Prepare for the next stage of your life with FutureLearn

Even though results day is only one day, it can feel like a big moment in your academic life. Whatever your results are, it’s important to remember that careers are rarely linear and there are always multiple paths to a desired career.

Results day is just the beginning, and FutureLearn is always on hand to help prepare you for the next stage of your life, whatever that looks like.

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