Get prepared for Results Day

The countdown is on for Exam 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. Whatever happens with your exam results, there’s still going to be plenty of options for you.

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When is Exam Results Day 2020?

Students in Scotland get their SQA results on Tuesday 4 August 2020.

A-levels results day is Thursday 13 August 2020.

International Baccalaureate results day is 6 July 2020.

Get prepared ahead of 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
  • Get all the details of what Clearing is by reading our guide and advice to Clearing.
  • 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. The University of Stirling’s Clearing hotline is 01786 466166.
  • 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.
  • Have your UCAS Track number ready and make sure all your UCAS contact details are updated.

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 4 August 2020. 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.

UCAS Track will also 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 next?

If you get an offer over the phone, Congratulations!!

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.

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.
  • Ensure you have a note of your exam results, UCAS personal ID and Clearing ID.
  • Read over your UCAS personal statement and CV and have them to hand. The university may ask you questions around your motivations for study.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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Questions about Clearing?

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