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Survival Guide

The wait is very nearly over. Tackle those pre-results day nerves with our handy survival guide (.pdf).

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.

Before your results day...



Have your UCAS number to hand
Keep your phone charged, you may need to make some phone calls
Keep your mind occupied - go for a run, watch a film, meet up with friends
Get a good nights sleep before your results day so that can wake up nice and early
Have a good breakfast to set you up for the day
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On your results day...


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.

You will need...
  • Check Clearing is open, then take a note of our number - 01206 873666
  • Your UCAS number
  • All of your results (A-Level, AS-Level, GCSE and equivalent)