Some words of encouragement

CONGRATULATIONS if you managed to get the grades and have been accepted at the university of your choice. There is no better feeling than knowing you have put in the effort and have been rewarded for it.

Make sure you celebrate! You’ve worked hard to get to this point, and you’re about to embark on 3 stressful, but crazy, wonderful years.

My own A Level Results Day was bittersweet; I had got my place at university, but not received the grades I wanted. If you’re in the same position that I was, please do not feel defeated! It is important to remember that you got to where you wanted to be! You have so much left to learn and will grow so much over the next 3 years. Do not let your grades define you.

  • If, unlike me, you did better than expected, make sure to drop the Adjustment team a call, on 0808 144 66 44.
  • If you didn’t get the grades you wanted, why not try our clearing line, on 0800 028 66 77.

It may seem odd that as a teacher, I am telling you that grades do not matter, but the truth is, they don’t. They do not define your worth or your ability. It won’t feel like it now – but it will one day. It may feel like an awful situation to have found yourself in, but there is always, always another option. I like to believe that when one door closes, another opens – a better, brighter, more exciting door.

Many of my friends did not receive the grades they wanted on results day, but they still persevered, and are on track for their dream now. One of my friends chose to go back to college to improve their grades, which paid off, as they’re now on the degree of their dreams. Another didn’t get the grades for the degree she wanted, but phoned clearing and got offered a different course. She’s currently on track for a upper second class degree and is planning to apply through UCAS this year for the degree she needs for her future career. Both of my friends decided to take the long route, but it has most certainly paid off, with a little bit of faith.

Clearing

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re all enjoying August, I can’t believe we’re halfway through already!

There’s a big day coming up this week which I’m sure you are all waiting for: Results Day.

I wish you all the best of luck and hope you all get the grades that you want to continue on the next part of your adventure.

Unfortunately sometimes there are disappointments and life doesn’t quite go to plan.

For anyone who doesn’t quite manage to get the grades they need to meet their offer conditions, it isn’t the end of the road!

If you don’t reach the conditions of your Firm or Insurance choice it can be quite a stressful situation.

Clearing is a service offered by UCAS that allows people who don’t have a confirmed uni place to find a course and start in September.

Clearing is open from Results Day and you can find out more on the UCAS website here.

You’ll be able to search vacancies at different universities and different courses, and it gives you the opportunity to start uni this year, even if your results are a little different than expected.

Once you find a course and university that you like the look of you can contact them straight away.

They will be able to answer any questions you might have, give advice on your choices and make you an offer to study there.

Clearing is a great service and allows many students each year to continue on to uni.

If you go through Clearing I would suggest you still research a little into the university, accommodation and course you want to study before you accept any offers.

Once you’ve done your research you’ll be more confident when you head off to uni in a month’s time, and be able to fully enjoy the experience.

If you need any help or advice with clearing the UCAS website is a great place to start, and your college or sixth form will probably be able to point you in the right direction too.

 

Quote for the day: ‘New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.’ – Lao Tzu

Best of luck to you all! 

Until next time

-Becki 🙂

Making my final UCAS choices

Anyone applying for university this year has some quick thinking to do! I can’t tell you what is best for you individually, but I can tell you about my experiences and what was best for me, and my thoughts looking back two years later…

One thing that helped me massively when making my decision was attending different university open days. Luckily, my dad was able to either drive or accompany me on the train for a number of them. Being able to physically experience the university and the surrounding area was a huge aid in my decision making process. I visited both campus and city universities, and honestly most of the city uni’s weren’t for me. Living just outside of London for most of my life, and taking frequent excursions into the capital, had got me used to the bustle of the city. But as a place for me to study in a university setting, the cities I visited weren’t for me, and I would never have known that if I didn’t visit them personally.

Then again, some of the campus uni’s felt too secluded. Edge Hill felt like great middle ground. Despite being a campus university, it is only around 10 minutes from Ormskirk town centre (and although Ormskirk is small, it has good character) and only 30 minutes on the train from Liverpool – a city I’ve also come to love. As soon as my open day at Edge Hill was over, it already felt a tiny bit like home – I knew it had earned a place as either my firm or insurance choice.

In the end, I chose Edge Hill University as my firm, and a uni with much lower entry criteria as my insurance. Now, I don’t regret my firm choice for a second, as Edge Hill is a fantastic uni and I know I’ve already grown as a person just from my year and a half studying here. However, I do regret my insurance choice. I should’ve aimed a little higher and been more confident in myself to achieve the grades I had set out to acquire. After all, if I did end up falling below my expectations, I could’ve always looked at Clearing.
Like I said earlier, I can’t know which decision is right for you. Ultimately all I can do is wish you luck, and hope that you found some of my experiences helpful and worth reading. So with that in mind… Good luck!

RESULTS DAY, AHHHHH!

So the time has finally come that you will receive your A-level results (Thursday)!

As much as you might have wanted summer to drag out, it’s time to face the music and your fate (slightly dramatic? I think so). But listen… obviously you want amazing grades, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get them. EHU ha a range of amazing students with all different grades. A piece of paper does not determine who you are and luckily or for you EHU is willing to try and help any student who wants a place.

CLEARING: Clearing lines will be open and can be accessed through the EHU website, so don’t fear the worst if it all doesn’t go to plan on the day.

For anyone coming in September- you’ve made the right decision. Hopefully summer speeds up even more and we can all be united in Ormskirk very soon! GOOD LUCK ON RESULTS!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time…:)

A Level Results Day: What to Expect

It’s just over a week until A Level results day and so I imagine that for a lot of you the nerves are well and truly setting in. I won’t lie to you: it’s a big day, and if you’re waiting to hear whether you’ve got a place at university, it could be a day that changes your life forever. But this doesn’t mean that you have to be terrified; it is also a really exciting day, and regardless of what results you get or which university you get in to, you should be proud of everything you’ve achieved. Making it through A Levels is not an easy thing to accomplish, and I still consider it to be one of the toughest points of my education.

So what’s going to happen on results day? Well, if you’re anything like me you won’t get a lot of sleep the night before and will be up at the crack of dawn refreshing the UCAS results page just in case. They do normally update the results page a little earlier than they say they will, but there’s not much point sitting in front of your computer in the dead of night. Track will be available from around 8:00am, at which point you will be able to see the status of your university application. Hopefully, it’ll be good news all round! But if not,  try to stay calm; this doesn’t mean that you’re definitely not going to university. Clearing is a wonderful option (I have a lot of friends who found their universities through Clearing and they couldn’t be happier). Visit the UCAS page that explains what your status on Track means if you’re unsure.

A few hours later your colleges/Sixth Forms probably open for you to go and collect your envelope containing your final results (although I know some exam boards now publish results online from midnight). This will be a chance to thank your tutors and to celebrate with friends. However it’s also an opportunity to ask any questions or get any help from members of staff who are very in the know and will be able to help you, especially if you find yourself in Clearing.

Results day will probably be stressful, but it should also be joyous! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you all!

Results Day

Results day is only a few weeks away now, and for those of you who are waiting to find out whether or not you have got the grades to get a place at your university of choice it can be a very nerve-wracking time (or at least, that’s how I remember it). I dealt with my nerves by making sure I had everything prepared for when results day came around, so I thought I would share with you what I did.

Firstly, make sure you have all your UCAS Track login details handy. There’s nothing worse than plucking up the courage to see if you’ve got in and discovering that you’ve forgotten your password. It’s also probably best to make sure you have a lot of time put aside on results day, should you, for whatever reason, need to contact universities about your application. This can be a long and very stressful process because universities are understandably very busy on this day, so needing to rush out will not make this any easier.

I also found it helpful to read up on all the possible scenarios that could happen on results day, as there are a number of things that can happen if you currently hold a conditional offer with a university. You could be offered a place on either your firm or insurance choice, you might be offered an alternative course by the university you applied to, or you might not get a place and have the option to go through Clearing. It is a good idea to read up on your options beforehand so that you are well informed should anything happen. Here is the UCAS information page about Clearing. If you do better than expected, firstly congratulations, but secondly you might be interesting in finding out about other courses with higher entry requirements than your firm choice. The UCAS Adjustment service allows you to do this, and to possibly change which university you go to. If you would like to read more about Adjustment, you can do so here.

I still remember how scary A Level results day was and nothing can really make that fear go away until you see Track for yourself on that day. But I think it is really important to remember that if things don’t go the way you originally planned, it isn’t the end of the world. There are so many other options, and I am a firm believer in the saying ‘everything happens for a reason’. Best of luck to you all!