Get prepared for Results Day

The countdown is on for results day. We know waiting can feel like agony especially if you need certain results to get your course place at University.

Results day can be stressful but keep calm and don’t panic. The best way to approach Clearing is research your choices so that you avoid making a panicked decision and you're ready for the day. Our guide will help you prepare for results day.

Whatever happens with your results, there will still be plenty of options for you. Clearing is now a very common way of applying to university – last year over 82,915 UK students obtained university places through Clearing!

Looking for your Clearing place? Call us on +44 (0) 1786 467044 or email us at

When is results day?

Students in Scotland get their SQA results on Tuesday 10 August 2021

A-levels results day is Tuesday 10 August 2021. Teacher-assessed grades are replacing A-level exams this year and there will be more time for students to appeal grades.

International Baccalaureate results day is Monday 5 July 2021.

Our Clearing phone lines and Live Chat are open until Friday 27 August, 9am to 5pm. After 27 August, call us on +44 (0)1786 467044.

Get prepared ahead of results day

Applying for Clearing can be hectic so it's important to research and think about your options before results day. 

  • Have plans for best and worst-case scenarios. Stay focused and think about your options.
    • Is it the course or going to a particular university that is more important to you?
    • Are there other courses you could do at your university of choice?
    • What other universities have similar courses to the one you wanted to do? .
    • Is going to a further education college or starting an apprenticeship an option?
    • Have a gap year and re-apply for university the following year?
  • Make a shortlist of the universities you are interested in. It’s likely you’ll be able to register your interest in Clearing with each of your chosen universities.
  • Note down the Clearing phone lines of the universities you want to contact.
  • To see what it’s like to study at your chosen universities make sure you follow them on social media. You can follow Stirling on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.
  • Make sure all your UCAS contact details are updated.
  • Avoid holidays or trips that will make it difficult for you to work through the Clearing process.
  • Have all your important info and documents ready before you start making calls:
    • UCAS Track number
    • Clearing number (available on UCAS Track if you've been rejected by your first and insurance choices and therefore become eligible for Clearing)
    • results
    • personal statement - you may be asked questions about this
    • GCSE results - they can sometimes come up

SQA Appeals

Candidates can register for an appeal with the SQA from 25 June 2021 and should do so by 12 August 2021 to get a priority appeal which SQA will process by 8 September. We will endeavour to hold places for anyone with a conditional offer who is appealing their grade(s).  If the outcome of the appeal is not available by 8 September 2021, we may still be able to offer you a place but it is likely to then be for the following year. For more information please read the SQA appeals guide.

You can also see Universities Scotland's statement for Scottish school leavers and university applicants in 2021.

What happens on results day?

For those in Scotland doing SQA Highers, your Scottish Qualification Certificate (SQC) will arrive by first class post on Tuesday 10 August 2021. If you activated your MySQA account you'll get your results by e-mail and/or text.

If you've done A-levels you’ll receive your results from your school or college.

As soon as you’ve got your results you can log into UCAS Track from 8am to see the status of your offers. It’s important you don’t just assume you’ve automatically lost your place if you haven’t achieved all conditions of your firm or insurance offer. The university might still accept your results so check with your original choices.

UCAS Track will tell you if you’re eligible to go into Clearing. You can then start searching for available university places.

It's worth looking at UCAS's information on explaining what your status in Track means and what to do next. 

What happens if I get higher results than expected?

If you’ve met and exceeded conditions for your conditional firm choice, you could potentially use UCAS Adjustment to find a course at another university with higher entry requirements. Still do your research though to make sure another university is right for you.

Start early

Call your shortlisted universities as soon as you know your results. We want to speak to you directly so please don’t get someone else to call on your behalf unless you’ve given them nominated access.

How to get the best out of your phone call:

  • Make sure you’ve fully charged up your phone the night before.
  • You may want to take notes so have a spare pen or two.
  • Make a list of any questions you want to ask about the university, the courses you’re interested in, or any aspect of student life such as accommodation, travel and support services.
  • In busy Clearing periods, don't worry if you're on hold for a while. You will get through and universites are keen to speak to you.

If you get a Clearing offer

If you get an offer over the phone, congratulations!! You're now at university.

You’ll be able to go onto UCAS track to formally accept the offer. You can then start an application for accommodation as well as student funding.

If you don't get a Clearing offer

We know this could be a difficult time for you but it's important to remember there are options for you. You can take a year out, regroup and retake your exams. You could build up some work experience or move over to a different qualification path on apprenticeships and traineeships. You could even study abroad on courses offered in English.

Get some advice and assess your options. There will be a way through to something that will be right for you.

Clearing experiences of Stirling students

Hear from some of our students who found coming to the University of Stirling through Clearing to be a simple, easy process and one of the best decisions they've made.

See more of our students' experiences with UCAS Clearing

Questions about Clearing?

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