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Survival Guide

The wait is very nearly over. Tackle those pre-results day nerves by reading our handy survival guide.

We're giving you the lowdown on what to expect on the big day, as well as tips on how to prepare before and after, whether you've got better results than expected or not quite got the grades you hoped for.

1.  Get yourself in order

 As well as the champagne and tissues, there are a few other things that might be useful to have with you on results day. Find all of your UCAS and university correspondence and have it ready. Make a note of our Clearing phone number and your UCAS number. Get ready to log in to your UCAS Track to check the decisions your firm and insurance choice universities have made based on your results. This is really important as they may decide to confirm your place even if you didn't quite meet the conditions of your offer. 

2.  And while we're on the subject of phones...

Make sure your mobile is charged. If it all goes well you'll want to be able to tell everyone the good news and Snapchat your celebration dance. If things don't quite work out as expected, or if you want to reconsider your options then you'll need your phone to give us a call. 

3.  Keep your cool

Meditate, go for a run, watch an entire TV boxset, meet up with friends. Do whatever you can to keep your mind occupied and relieve some stress. Sitting at home alone, rocking back and forth like a nervous wreck is neither productive or healthy. 

4. Results day

Depending on your school or college, you might be able to access your results from as early as 8am on the day. However, if you're waiting to collect them, the build up might be stressful. It's easier said than done, but try to keep calm. Wake up at a reasonable time, eat breakfast and make sure you've got everything ready.

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Your Clearing questions answered

Feeling confused? Got a question about how you apply through Clearing, or what will happen if you don't get the grades you were expecting? Check out our most frequently asked questions which should put your mind at ease.

See our Clearing FAQs

So what happens if...

I've got the grades?

Congratulations, you did it! As your first choice we will confirm your place. You’ll be able to see your place has been confirmed in your UCAS Track and you’ll find your confirmation letter on your myEssex applicant portal, along with some important information about starting at the University. Don’t worry if UCAS Track hasn’t updated your status immediately, sometimes this takes a little while.

Grab your party hat, do a cartwheel, throw some confetti, call everyone in your phone book and send us a selfie of your celebrations. Then get your family to take you out for a slap-up meal and then celebrate – you’ve earned it.

I didn't get the grades?

So the letters on the page aren’t those you’d been hoping for, but trust us, life will go on. Most importantly, check your UCAS Track. It’s possible that your firm and/or insurance choices might still have confirmed your place even if you didn’t quite meet your offer. They might also have offered you an alternative course with them. If that’s the case, you’ll have the choice whether or not to accept it.

If your firm and insurance choices haven’t confirmed your place, the key is to keep calm. Take a moment to get some air and come to terms with it before you make your next move.
It’s time for plan B, and our guide to Clearing will help take you through the process to make it as simple and stress free as possible.

I didn't get into my firm choice but I've met my insurance offer?

Looks like you're off to uni! Your insurance choice will become your firm choice. Hopefully they'll be in touch with you soon with lots of information about starting your studies. 

I've done better than expected?

Who's a smarty pants then, eh? If you've done even better than you thought, you might decide that you want to upgrade your uni choice. This is where Adjustment comes in. It's a UCAS process designed for anyone who has met and exceeded the conditions of their firm offer and wants to find a course at a different uni.

 If you'd like to explore the option of coming to Essex through Adjustment, check out our Clearing advice and give us a call to talk about your options.