Plan ahead for exam results day

Results Day and Clearing 2018

James Seymour is Director of Admissions at the University of Buckingham. Here he provides advice for Results Day and Clearing 2018.

Results are published this summer for 2018 entry to UK universities for students from across the world.

  • IB, Access Courses and BTEC/Cambridge Technical are published in July.
  • Scottish Highers and A levels are published in August.
  • Too many students who already have their grades, or whose grades are published earlier, wait until August to secure their place and join the mad rush of A level and Highers students.

UCAS Clearing opens on 5 July 2018. If you already have your results – don't wait until August – secure your place as soon as you are ready, including arranging and confirming your accommodation and student finance.

  • Some universities accept direct applications as well as via UCAS, particularly for 2-year degrees, part-time courses or courses that start in July or January – exploit this opportunity.

If you are waiting for your A level or Highers results in August – don’t panic, the place you are holding as firm or insurance choice will still be there in August.

  • The cap on numbers has been lifted for most courses and universities.
  • Universities plan their student numbers so you won’t miss out.

Plan ahead – have a list of possible clearing or adjustment options – if your grades are not as good as you expected or if they are better than expected.

  • Contact universities in advance of results day, and pre-register for vacancies on their websites.
  • Speak to teachers and careers staff before you break up for the summer holidays – you have at least 2 weeks left to tap into their advice and experience (unless you're a student in Scotland).
  • Keep your parents/family informed of your Plan B and why – they may not understand the way the system has changed.

EU students represent at least 5% of the total student body in UK universities, more in some courses and areas.

  • Get in now – the UK government has confirmed that fees and loans won’t change for those who come to university in England, Scotland or Wales until at least the 2018–19 academic year, and until 2017–18 in Northern Ireland.

Universities and UK students welcome EU students – they add to the mix, diversity and quality of the UK experience.

  • Over 73% of young people in the UK, and 90% of UK university staff voted to Remain in the recent referendum.

Good luck!