Troubleshooting your results

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You've got your A-level results - what next? This page explains what you can do if you haven't received or accepted any university offers, or your plans have changed. 

What if...

You don’t receive any offers from your original choices before July?

If you’ve applied through UCAS and are not holding any offers, you may be able to apply for another course through UCAS Extra from the end of February. 

UCAS Extra is a way of making a further choice after you've applied. You’ll be eligible to use it if you have:

  • already made five choices
  • received decisions or withdrawn from all these choices, or
  • declined any offers made.

Note that your choices after 15 January may be limited due to availability of courses.

You’re not holding any offers in July?

You’ll be eligible for Clearing. Clearing is an opportunity for you to apply directly to university when you already know what grades you've got. You can take part in Clearing if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you haven’t received any offers
  • you’ve declined all your offers or not responded by the due date
  • your offers haven’t been confirmed because you haven’t met the conditions (for example, you haven’t achieved the required grades)
  • you’ve declined a changed course, a changed date of entry and/or changed point of entry offer
  • you applied for one course which has been declined/unsuccessful and you’ve paid the full application fee
  • UCAS receives your application between 23–30 June.

You decide to take a gap year?

If you decide to take a gap year before you apply, check that your choices accept deferred entry applications. You can then choose the relevant start date when making your applications.

If you decide to take a gap year after you’ve made your application, get in contact with the universities you’ve chosen to find out if they will defer your application to the following year. If this isn’t possible you’ll need to reapply next year as applications cannot be reused.

You change your mind and no longer want to go to university?

Get in contact with the universities you've applied to as soon as possible. They’ll be able to talk you through what you need to do, depending on the stage of your application, and what happens next.