Learning Performance

A Level Results Day 2019

This year, A Level Results Day falls on the 15th August 2019. 

Hopeful students across the country awake to see if they’ve achieved their predicted A Level grades. This day determines whether students wanting to go into higher education have secured a place at their university of choice.

 

Accessing results

On the 15th August 2019, results will be published online from 6am. The 6th form or college should provide their students with how to access A Level results. Alternatively, students can go into their 6th form or college to collect a hardcopy of their results. 

Students can access UCAS Track from 8am to see whether they have been accepted on their chosen course at their firm university choice.

It is important to remember that the website may be slow when checking A Level results and UCAS, as thousands of students will be logging on at the same time.  

 

Grade boundaries

Exam grade boundaries are published from 6am, alongside results. Exam boards publish these separately, so students will need to check the individual exam board websites: 

AQA

OCR

Pearson

CCEA

WJEC

 

Grades aren’t as expected?

If students haven’t received the grades they’ve hoped for, there is no need to panic. There are many alternatives; sometimes the firm choice university will still accept lower results than requested. Or they may accept students onto a different course than the one they applied for. Otherwise, the student’s insurance university choice might offer them a place. 

Adjustment and clearing are other options, which are done via UCAS Track.  

 

Adjustment

If students have exceeded their offer, they can go through adjustments to apply for other universities, whilst holding their firm offer. This is available from 9am on the 16th August until the 31st August. On results day, 15th August, students can register for this on Track. Student have five days to secure an alternative university. Read more here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/results/ucas-adjustment-if-youve-done-better-expected

 

Clearing

Clearing is for when a student doesn’t receive the results they were expecting. It provides the option of choosing a different course or university. Students can apply for clearing when they haven’t received any offers, or when they have declined the offers they have received. This can be done through the clearing option using UCAS Track. Find out more here: https://www.ucas.com/clearing-launch

 

Other options?

There are many other options that include: retaking exams and applying next year, doing an apprenticeship, requesting a remark, or going into full-time work.

 

Thinking about the future

Well done to everyone whose results went well! Embarking on a new adventure at university is a rewarding experience. If students didn’t achieve they grades they were hoping for, then don’t worry. Explore every possibility, stay calm, and remember there are always other options. 

 

Making the most of the Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are a well-deserved break, for both teachers and students. 

An intense year of studying and tests should be rewarded by winding down and taking time out.  

Although relaxing is necessary, being productive during this time is important and will prevent boredom and summer learning loss.  

Why not take the six-week break to find something that inspires you? There are so many activities, organisations and hobbies to get involved in this summer.

 

Here are some ideas on how to spend your summer:

 

1.    Apply for National Citizen Service

The National Citizen Service is for people aged 15-17. It is a 4-week program in 4 phases: adventure, discovery, social action and celebration. This action-packed program develops talent and provides a range of new skills that look great on a CV. 

Find out more here: https://www.ncsyes.co.uk

 

2.    Get Involved in Work Experience

Work experience is something that all employers look for, so why not start building upon your skill set now? Whether it’s discovering what you’re passionate about, or becoming one step closer to landing your dream job, there’s something out there for everyone. 

Go to https://successatschool.org for career ideas.

 

3.    Summer Schools and Courses

Schools often run summer camps and activities throughout the summer for young people, with a diverse range of activities, from sports to music. Enquire at your local schools or visit your local council’s website and see what they have on offer this summer. 

 

4.    Take time to Read

Reading is an essential skill, used daily throughout your lifetime. Find a genre that interests you and relax with a good book. Revise a subject that motivates you, be it psychology or physics. This is a beneficial way to prepare for the upcoming academic year, especially if you’re going into GCSE or A-Levels. 

Check out BBC Bitesize for free educational materials: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

5.    Learn a new Skill

Take the summer break to try something that you’ve always wanted to learn. It’s never too late to discover a new talent.

 

Why not…

 

Play a musical instrument: There are endless materials online, like YouTube tutorials or how-to guides, so if playing the guitar or piano inspires you, take the holidays to learn. It is also proven to relieve stress. 

 

Learn a language: If you ever plan on travelling, speaking a different country’s language is beneficial for getting by. It is also a skill that future employers may look for when choosing the perfect candidate. It can enhance job prospects, especially if you’ve ever dreamed of working abroad. There are many apps and websites for learning a language that are free, like Duolingo, https://www.learnalanguage.com and even YouTube.

Take up cooking: Help your family to make the dinner, or even cook for them by yourself. Follow recipes from cookbooks, magazines, or websites like https://www.bbcgoodfood.com

This will come in handy if you are thinking about going to university; it’ll save money on buying ready meals and teach you to improvise using leftover ingredients.

 

6.    Volunteer

Do something rewarding this summer and volunteer. You can work in a charity shop, help out at an animal shelter, go litter-picking, and so on. You can even volunteer through charities to work at festivals and events. This is a highly valued addition to a CV, demonstrating dedication and commitment to a good cause. 

 

7.    Explore your Talents 

If you enjoy writing, create a blog. There are many free websites like WordPress or Tumblr that allow you to personalise and design the layout. If you’re interested in technology, learn how to code and build a website. Get a pen and paper and let your mind run free with creative writing. Write about events that have happened to you or make something up. Keep a summer journal to record your memories throughout the holidays. 

 

8.    Relax

As important as it is to keep active and learning, you don’t want to burnout. Take time for yourself every day and find something that relaxes you. Try going for a walk, listening to music or taking up meditation. Alone time for relaxation is key to improve wellbeing and mindfulness. After a busy day or challenging task, give your mind a rest and wind down. 

There are various apps and videos for mindfulness, like ‘Calm’ and https://www.mindful.org.

 

Take this summer to develop yourself as a person and learn something new. Keep busy and get involved in an activity or teach yourself a new skill – the possibilities are endless. 

Make sure you are fully prepared for the academic year ahead during this break; read up on your favourite subjects and familiarise yourself with new material. Everything that you participate in this summer break will reward you later and increase your abilities.