survival guide to results day

The run up to results day can feel pretty daunting. This is only natural, after all you've put lots of work in to get to this point! But try not to worry, as even if you don't quite get the grades you need, there are often lots of options available to you.

We've put together this guide to help get you through results day as stress-free as possible, so that you can spend slightly less time worrying and more time getting ready for the excitement September has in store. 

How to prepare for Clearing

If you do end up deciding to enter Clearing, then having already done some research before results day can save you some invaluable time. Getting your grades will be emotional enough one way or another, so the less you have to worry about on the day, the better!

If you're a list lover or a spreadsheet fanatic, then you can actually have quite a lot of fun with your research. But don't worry if you that's not you, as you don't need anything too fancy. Here are the essentials we recommend looking into, just in case you don't get the grades you need (or if you do better than expected): 

  • Other universities that you might be interested in
  • Other relevant courses at the same university that you might be interested in
  • The phone numbers of universities you might want to ring (our Clearing hotline number is 0113 812 3113)

It's worth making notes on the different universities / courses you like, including things like facilities and entry requirements, as you may end up looking at lots of information and it can be easy to get mixed up.

essential information for Clearing on results day

On results day there's some key information you'll want to know before you make your application. Hopefully you've done some prep and you're ready to go, here's some additional information for you to reference on the day.

Tips for Clearing Top tips from our Head of Admissions, Denise Dixon Smith.

  1. Know how to get in touch

    If you're ready for Clearing you'll likely have a list of the universities and contact numbers you need to hand. But phonelines can be busy on the day, and for some of us we prefer taking the online route. There a few different ways you'll be able to get hold of us on the day:

    • You can call us and discuss your options with one of our team, the number you need is 0113 812 3113
    • Our team are also available on live chat to speak to you about the courses on offer and help you with your application
    • Our chatbot Becky is available 24/7 to walk you through the process and make you provisional offer
  2. Make sure you're aware of key times

    Clearing takes place on UCAS. UCAS Track opens at 08:00. Whilst you won't be able to see your grades on UCAS Track, you will be able to see if your application status has been updated. Some people prefer to get their grades then look at UCAS Track, and others prefer to do it the other way round, so do whatever feels best for you. 

    Clearing then opens on UCAS at 15:00. However, you don't have to wait until this time to contact universities. It's important not to rush into any decisions, but the earlier you can contact the universities you're interested in, the better. 

    Our Clearing hotline (0113 812 3113) opens at 08:00.

  3. Don't be afraid to use the support avialable

    You will have lots of support available to you. You'll have your teachers and advisors from school / college on hand, as well as your parents, friends, and lots of friendly university staff ready to answer any questions you have. Don't be afraid to use these support networks, and to ask any questions you may have when speaking to universities. Remember, if it's important to you, then there are no silly questions. 

Making your Clearing call

If you do decide to give us a call on the day, here's some extra tips for you to get the most out of your conversation. If you choose to apply online, these tips can still be helpful to keep in mind.

  1. Write down your essential information

    This will help you during your conversation. This should include having your UCAS ID and Clearing ID, if released, to hand. You should also make notes on the course you want to study – what has attracted you to it? Are there any details about the course you’d like to know? Now is the time to ask any questions you might have.

  2. Stay online if possible

    You'll need to be able to sign into your UCAS Track account once you've made your decision. It's also handy to be able to check any further details of courses or universities that you’re interested before making your final decision.

  3. Take a deep breath

    Remember, the person on the end of the line wants to help. They will be speaking to hundreds of people in your position. They know you're nervous, and they'll do everything they can to try to put you at your ease. Try smiling while you speak – it may feel a little strange, but it will make your voice sound more relaxed and friendly over the line. Be prepared though, the lines may be busy. You may have to wait a few minutes before being connected to a telephone operator.

  4. Making the call

    However much you might want a parent or teacher to pick up the phone and do it on your behalf, this is something you need to do yourself. Due to Data Protection regulations, we cannot take phone calls from them without your expressed verbal consent. At the same time, however, it is good to remember that you'll be the one studying at university for the next three years or more, so it has to be your decision.

  5. Make notes during your phone call

    If you're ringing around a lot of universities, it can be easy to get confused. Make sure you know exactly what you've been offered from each university, and the details of their courses. Record any essential contacts, email addresses and telephone numbers which you may need for future reference.

Looking after your wellbeing during Clearing

Whilst you'll probably be preoccupied with everything that's going on, it's important to look after yourself. Results day can be an emotional day, so if you do end up getting overwhelmed, here are 5 tips on looking after your mental and physical wellbeing during Clearing.

  1. Start the day right

    It might not sound important in the grand scheme of things, but taking time to have a healthy and hearty breakfast really is worth it. Getting your results can be intense, so make sure you're properly fuelled, and you'll be in a better position to make the most of the day. 

  2. Sharing isn't always caring

    Whilst it is a good idea to pick up your results with friends or family, don't feel that you have to open your results in the company of others. They're your results, and if you want to open them on your own, that's okay.

    It might also be a good idea to avoid social media for a little bit, as lots of people like to share their results online. This can be disheartening if you see people with higher grades, but try and remember to judge your success against your own standards. It's more accurate than competing with others anyway!

  3. Keep active

    If you need a stress-buster on results day, something as simple as taking a walk could do the trick. Exercise is a great way to counteract stress, and if you're nervous or need to make a decision, sometimes stepping away from it for a moment can make it easier... 

  4. Write a list

    ...or sometimes, the opposite is true. If you're entering Clearing, but are unsure which universities you want to speak to, writing a pros and cons list can be a massive help. Keep in mind things like location and what the student life is like, as well as information about the course. 

  5. Keep things in perspective

    Finally, try to keep things in perspective. Results day can feel like a huge deal, and whilst your grades are important, they don't define you. 

    No matter what your grades are, there will be an option for you, even if it's not one you'd thought of before. So take a deep breath and research all your options, as who knows what the future has in store!

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  1. What happens next?

    Once you've accepted your place on UCAS Track, then it's time to start preparing for university! For an in-depth look at what we recommend doing before coming to Leeds Beckett in September, take a look at our prepare for uni website, or scroll through this list for a quick overview of the immediate essentials

  2. Accommodation

    If you plan on living in halls, contact our Accommodation Office on 0113 812 5972 to see what accommodation we have available

  3. Student finance

    Contact Student Finance – if you have already applied for Student Finance you will need to let them know that you are changing your university choice as soon as possible, otherwise there may be a delay in getting your maintenance loan

  4. Join the official Freshers Facebook group

    Use our applicants Facebook group to connect with course mates, find people in your halls of residence and make friends, as well as hearing from current students about life at LBU

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looking for more clearing advice?

If you have a question about Clearing or you want to find out more about a course, then you can reach out to us via our contact details or on social media. Don't forget you can register now for Clearing 2021 and a member of the team will get in touch and help you decide on the best option for you.