Preparing for Results Day

Results day 2021 is on Tuesday 10 August.

No matter what your results are, you have options available to you.

Unconditional Offer Holders

If this is you, results day is a formality. However, still double check all terms and conditions of your offer and be sure you want to study the course.

If your grades are better than expected

Your hard work has paid off and there are several options available to you:

  • Stick to your original Conditional Firm (CF) university choice
  • Take a year out and reapply to a university with higher entry requirements next year
  • Go through Adjustment

About Adjustment

Adjustment allows students who've achieved better grades than the conditions of their Firm offer to hold their place open while looking at other courses with higher grade requirements.

If you're eligible for Adjustment, your UCAS Track profile will display a ‘Register for Adjustment’ option.

How to use Adjustment

Once you've registered for Adjustment and your conditional firm (CF) choice has changed to an unconditional firm (UF), you'll have five days to find a new course. If at the end of this five-day period you haven't found a new course, you'll still be able to accept your UF.


  • There's no vacancy list for Adjustment so you need to check course details and contact universities or colleges directly to ask about vacancies
  • When talking to the institutions, remember to say you’re applying through Adjustment and that you're just gathering information
  • Don't verbally agree to an offer until you're absolutely sure you want to go there

If you miss your grades

Check UCAS Track to see if you’ve been accepted. Even if you just miss your grades, you may find your Conditional Firm or Conditional Insurance still offers you a place, as the university may be short of applicants or other offer-holders could've got worse results than you.

If UCAS track doesn’t show you as accepted, it’s worth calling the university and asking directly if they'll accept you. If they don’t offer you a place on the course you applied for, they may offer you a similar course.

If however both of your choices have been rejected, you can:

  • Go through Clearing – this is where UCAS matches students without places to courses without students
  • Reapply next year
  • Take a gap year  – this can give you some valuable headspace to think about your future and the extra experience could enrich your personal statement


UCAS Clearing is a system that operates between July and September. It is a second chance to get your place at university. You can participate in Clearing if you have already applied through UCAS and one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You have not received any offers
  • You have declined all your offers or not responded by the due date.
  • Your offers have not been confirmed because you have not met the conditions (for example, you have not achieved the required grades).
  • You have declined a changed course, a changed date of entry and/or changed point of entry offer.
  • You’re applying after 30 June 2021
  • You’ve declined your Firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track (only use this button if you are sure you no longer want your place)

You can search for Clearing courses from July to September each year on the UCAS website. UCAS will also personally match you to courses you may be interested in. 

There is lots of information about the Clearing process on the UCAS website, and Mrs Beck will provide further support and guidance to students in the run up to results day.

Whether you get the grades you need, do better than expected or fall a bit short, this Guide to A Level Results Day will tell you all you need to know about your next steps.

For further detail about how Clearing and Adjustment works, this webinar also covers lots of useful information.

Student Stream Results Day Webinar - Clearing and Adjustment

Useful Resources

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