Skip to main content
Solent Unviersity Southampton logo
Solent Unviersity Southampton logo

Get ready for results day

Week 48

5 August 2024

So results day is coming up! It's super exciting but might make you a bit anxious. We're here to help though! We've outlined exactly what to expect on results day and we've got some tips for helping you deal with any anxiety.

When is results day?

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will give out their results on Tuesday 6 August.

A-level results day is Thursday 15 August.

Going on holiday?

You're going to have to make sure that you're available on results day just in case. If you're on holiday, hopefully you'll be somewhere with internet access in case you need to log into your UCAS Track account. If you're not able to access the internet, you can nominate someone to make those changes for you.

Some of the changes are time sensitive, so if you're not easily contactable, make sure you've given them a brief about what they will need to do on your behalf.

Make sure you enter their details in the nominated access section of your application before you go away, then they will be able to talk to UCAS about your application.

Think you might be in Clearing?

If you think there's a chance you didn't do as well as you hoped, that doesn't mean you can't go to university! Check out our guide to Clearing, for all the Clearing information you need.

Also, have a look at other universities for some different courses and options. You may even spot something you didn't think about applying for. Most universities started advertising their Clearing courses at the start of July, so you should be able to find out which ones you can apply for.

Get ready for your results

Whether you’re expecting good or bad news, it’s a good idea to be prepared on results day. Here’s what you should do to get ready:

  • A good night's sleep
    Tomorrow is going to be super exciting, but try to get an early night as that will help with any nerves and you'll also wake up refreshed ready to handle anything!
  • Set your alarm
    Track goes live at 8am, but most UCAS and university staff and students will be ready on the Clearing hotlines at 7:30am, so they'll be on hand to help.
  • Your UCAS Track login
    Here you'll be able to log on and see what's going on with your university applications. If you're wanting to check Track before results day, UCAS will have put everything on hold until your results are released.
  • A phone
    You may need to contact some universities, so make sure your phone is fully charged and ready for action!
  • The university contact details
    Make a list of all the universities you like the look of and get their contact details written down so you've got them close to you.
  • A snack
    Everything is always more fun with a snack or two!


Still feeling anxious?

If there’s a knot in your stomach that feels like it’s getting tighter and tighter as results day looms, don’t worry – you’re not alone, and there are things you can do to help. We asked Solent Health to put together their best advice for gnawing nerves.

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is: what’s done is done. You can’t change it, and there WILL be options open to you, whatever happens.

If that doesn’t help, try writing a list of the things you can and can’t control on a bit of paper. Once you’ve done this, tear up the things you can’t change, and use what’s left to make a plan of action.

For example, you can’t control what your results will be, but you can make sure you know exactly what to expect, whatever the outcome.

You could read next week’s article about your options on results day. Alternatively, you could head over to the Student Room to get some advice from students who have already been in your position. Just make sure you leave if discussing the exams stresses you out!

Tasks for this week

  • Do something fun to distract yourself from your nerves.
  • Get ready for results day.
  • Don't forget to breathe! YOU'VE GOT THIS.