A-Level results day 2016

This A-level results day will be the first time that AS-levels and A2-levels are not directly co-dependant since the introduction of AS in 2000. What else can we expect from A-level results day 2016? 

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This year, the NAHT (the National Association of Head Teachers) has suggested that there will be more variation between AS and A2 grades. Russell Hobby, who is the general secretary, has suggested that this change will result in an “extended period of volatility” – this is because of the change in how AS and A2 grades are scored, as students will no longer require an AS grade in a subject in order to study it to A2-level.

Scottish students have already received their results on Tuesday 9 August: 28,300 Scottish students were successful in getting into university, and 4,920 passed at SCQF related to work skills.

This year also sees certain subjects becoming more popular. Statistics suggest that, if you are an AS or A2 student, you are most likely to have done maths, English or biology – the three most popular subjects to study. In the academic year 2014-15, science and maths subject areas were more popular, with 37% of people achieving those certificates across GCSE, AS and A2-levels. Last year there were also generally more AS and A-level qualifications across the board – which given the introduction of new A-level subjects and the reformation of existing ones does not come as a surprise.

For students across England, UCAS Track will go live at 8am on 18 August. This means that students could find out if they have been successful or not in getting into their first choice before they get their actual results. Schools and sixth form colleges will be open on the day, as will UCAS Clearing and Adjustment – many schools offer services to help eligible students navigate both services.

If you’re one of the thousands of A-level students across the country, you’re probably wondering what to expect, especially as this year it will be harder to predict your A-level grades based on your achievements at A2. Yet fortunately many have gone before you, and whatever the outcome, you will be able to plan your next move. Beth Hurst, English with Creative Writing student at Warwick University, says: “I was really nervous particularly because I suddenly realised I didn't want to go to my insurance university, but luckily I was fine.”

Beth says: “My advice is to aim low. Better a nice surprise than a nasty shock! But know that whatever happens it'll all work out.” Eoin Sweeney, who does Economics at UCL, chose not to go into school for his results, viewing them online instead. “You get them earlier in the day and you don't have to face people if you don't do as well as you hoped,” he says.

It is possible to opt for a postal delivery in advance – many students who will be away for results day do this.

Whatever you decide to do, there will be people at the ready to give you a hand if things don’t go to plan, or if you’re confused about what to do next – whether you call your preferred university, or speak to a careers advisor or tutor at your sixth form.

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"I was really nervous particularly because I suddenly realised I didn't want to go to my insurance university, but luckily I was fine. My advice is to aim low. Better a nice surprise than a nasty shock! But know that whatever happens it'll all work out.” 

Eoin Sweeney, who does Economics at UCL, chose not to go into school for his results, viewing them online instead. “You get them earlier in the day and you don't have to face people if you don't do as well as you hoped,” he says.

It is possible to opt for a postal delivery in advance – many students who will be away for results day do this.

Whatever you decide to do, there will be people at the ready to give you a hand if things don’t go to plan, or if you’re confused about what to do next – whether you call your preferred university, or speak to a careers advisor or tutor at your sixth form.

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