Results Day FAQs

If you have applied to Birmingham or elsewhere you may find the following frequently asked questions useful during Results Day, Clearing and Adjustment.

This year, A Level Results Day is Thursday 13 August 2020. We hope you find lots of helpful information here, however UCAS also has lots of helpful advice about Clearing, what it is and how to use it. You can also search for Clearing vacancies when it opens and find useful advice about the process.

I no longer want my place. How do I get myself released into Clearing?

If you no longer want your place at your chosen University you no longer need to contact them to request that they release you. You can do this yourself using UCAS Track. The process is simple, but you will be asked a number of questions to ensure you fully understand what you are doing. You will need to sign into Track and click ‘Decline my place’ and follow the instructions. You will then receive an email confirming your release. If you make a mistake or have changed your mind once you have completed self-release, you will need to contact the University you declined. You can find out more via UCAS.

I have not met the terms of my offer and I am going for a remark. How should I let you know?

If you are requesting that your A levels or other qualifications are remarked you can notify us of this by completing this form. This information will then be added to your records. Please note that UCAS do not alert us to the fact that an applicant's results have changed following a remark, so if you do meet the terms of your offer after a remark, you need to contact us directly with your new result(s) as soon as you possible.

If as a result of your remark you meet the terms of your offer in full before 31 August we will still accept you on to the course, provided it is on or before that date (with the exception of our Medicine and Dentistry programmes*).

Unfortunately if you meet the terms of your offer in full after 31 August we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accept you as there may no longer be places available on your chosen course. In this situation we should be able to offer you deferred entry for 2021 instead. If you are not holding an offer anywhere we would still recommend that you look for a place through Clearing while you wait for the results of your remark(s). By securing a place through Clearing you will have an alternative to fall back on should you fail to meet the terms of your offer.

*If you are a Medicine or Dentistry applicant we cannot guarantee a place for 2020 if you meet the terms of your offer after a remark. If we cannot offer you a place for 2020, we will offer you a place for 2021.

I've missed the terms of my offer and have been offered an alternative programme by my firm or insurance institution - what do I do?

This is not uncommon, however it is entirely up to you whether you choose to accept this change of course offer. Whatever your decision you must confirm this on UCAS Track by either accepting or declining the change of course. If you accept you will become placed with the relevant institution. If you decline you will either become placed at your insurance choice (if you have met the terms of your original offer there or have been accepted as a borderline applicant) or place yourself in Clearing to seek a place elsewhere. Please note that there is a deadline for replying (either accepting or declining) and if you fail to respond in the timeframe the UCAS system will decline the change of course offer automatically on your behalf.

What can I do to prepare in advance for Clearing?

If you are concerned that you may not have met the terms of your offer or that you might not achieve the grades you hoped for, it is a good idea to do some research in the weeks/days leading up to A level Results Day. Some institutions may already be advertising that they will have Clearing places available and you should make a note of any of these that may be of interest to you. Take a look at our Clearing Hub which will be updated with courses available at Birmingham closer to the day, hear advice from our own students, and register for a Clearing alert so that you are the first to know when we have places available in subjects of interest to you.

You should also research what accommodation will be available to Clearing applicants at institutions you are interested in. At Birmingham we guarantee to find accommodation for students who join us through Clearing. You should remember that Clearing vacancies can change very quickly so make sure that if you do find yourself in Clearing that you check back on results day to double check places and requirements.

You might alternatively find that you have done even better than you expected. If this does turn out to be the case, you may want to consider whether you would like to register for Adjustment on Results Day and therefore do some research to decide which institutions you would like to contact, once you have your results.

I got the results I needed and received confirmation of  my place. What do I do about accommodation?

For the latest accommodation news and updates on applications and allocations, visit our accommodation pages.

I've met the terms of my offer at my firm institution. What should I do next?

If you've met the terms of your offer you will be automatically accepted at your firm institution. You will be able to check on UCAS Track if this is the case and you do not need to call the institution to confirm your place. You should only call the university you've applied to if despite meeting the terms of your offer they have not accepted you on to your chosen course.

You will usually be sent some induction/welcome information by your institution in the coming weeks but in the meantime check online that you have completed any necessary steps to secure your accommodation.

I've missed the terms of my offer at my firm choice but have met my insurance choice offer. What happens next?

If you have met the terms of your insurance offer but have not been successful at your firm institution you will automatically become placed at your insurance choice. If you have met the terms of your insurance offer but not met the terms of your firm offer and have not received a decision from your firm institution this means that your firm choice are still considering your application. In this situation your status should show that you are still conditional with your firm institution but unconditional with your insurance choice. Institutions do try and make decisions on near miss applicants as soon as possible but it can sometimes take a day or two for difficult decisions to be made. You are, of course, free to contact your firm institution to check the status of your application and likely time frame for a decision.

I've missed the terms of both my firm and insurance offers but there's no decision from either institution - what should I do?

If there's no decision on UCAS Track regarding either your firm or insurance choice you should call both universities at the earliest available opportunity. It's important that they make a choice regarding your application as quickly as possible as you may need to be released into Clearing swiftly to take full advantage of the range of courses on offer.

I'm in Clearing. What do I do next?

If you're in Clearing, the first thing to do is not panic. Follow these simple steps:

  • Check UCAS Track and make sure that you have not been accepted by both your firm and insurance choices.
  • Make sure you go to your sixth form/college - teachers will be on hand to give advice regarding what to do next.
  • The first thing you should do is research alternative courses and universities. Full Clearing listings will be available on the UCAS and Daily Telegraph websites from the morning of 13 August. Check these listings and make a note of all of the courses and universities you're interested in.
  • Consider whether it is most important for you to go to a particular location and therefore research what alternative courses may be available there, or whether you are set on a particular course and therefore research institutions who have Clearing vacancies on this course.
  • Next thing to do is to call the universities you're interested in to try and secure yourself an offer of a place on the courses you've identified. Most institutions will follow up any verbal offer with a written offer by email.
  • Make sure that you check whether you have achieved the appropriate grades for the course/institution and that you have any required subjects or GCSEs. Requirements during Clearing may be different to those during the normal application cycle. It is important that you do not waste time calling institutions for which you do not have the requirements but rather focus on getting through to those institutions who are likely to make you a Clearing offer.
  • As the UCAS system does not permit applicants to refer themselves to a Clearing choice until 15:00 on Thursday 13 August you should use the day to secure as many offers as you can. You should then take time to consider the offers you have been made and decide which is the best option for you.
  • Many institutions also offer Open Days for Clearing applicants should you want to visit an institution before accepting an offer. However, bear in mind that institutions may give you a deadline for replying to their offer and each institution is at liberty to set their own deadline.
  • Once you have decided which offer to accept you should refer yourself to that institution and programme on UCAS Track. The institution will then accept you (providing that any conditions of offer have been met).
  • You should not refer yourself to an institution using UCAS Track unless you have received a Clearing offer from them. If you refer yourself without agreement from the institution, they will not accept you and it may take time for them to make your clearing referral “unsuccessful”. This will delay you in finding a successful clearing place elsewhere.
  • If you've been made an offer by us through Clearing, our expert team are also on hand Thursday 13 August 2020 from 1pm – 4pm and Friday 14 August 2020 from 10am – 2pm on our live online chat to put your mind at rest and help you with any of your queries.

I exceeded the terms of my offer and I'm eligible for Adjustment - what should I do?

If you've done better than you expected and exceed the terms of your firm offer the first thing you should do is talk to a teacher or careers adviser at your sixth form/college on 13 August. They can advise you what additional options are open to you and you may wish to search for a course at a different university. Then you should follow these simple steps:

  • Register for Adjustment through UCAS Track - this is the very first thing you should do.
  • Remember there's no list (like for Clearing) for Adjustment - it's up to you to identify universities you want to talk to. Make yourself a list of universities and courses and begin calling them to see if they'll be willing to offer you a place.
  • Most institutions will follow up any verbal offer of a place through Adjustment with a written offer via email. Once you confirm (normally in writing) to an institution that you wish to accept their offer and relinquish your place with your firm institution they will accept you through Adjustment. You'll receive confirmation on UCAS Track and will receive a new letter from UCAS confirming your place.

I didn't do A-Levels and I already have my results. What should I do now?

If you didn't study A levels and have taken examinations which do not get sent to institutions by UCAS, you will need to send your results to your institutions as soon as possible to allow them to confirm your place or if necessary make a decision on your application.

There are four things that may happen:

  1. If you met the conditions of your offer you will be accepted on to your chosen course of study and your UCAS Track will update to reflect this. If this does not happen contact the University to check whether they have received all the required documents. Remember that many institutions require original or certified copies of results before you can be formally accepted.
  2. If you did not meet the conditions of your offer you may still be offered a place at the university. In this case, you will need to email details of your results to the institution so that they can consider these and make a decision. You should do this as soon as possible but you may be required to wait for a decision until institutions receive the A-Level results, if you have received your results at an earlier point.
  3. If you did not meet the conditions of your offer you may be rejected by your firm choice institution. If you met the requirements of your insurance choice you will be accepted by them. If you did not meet the conditions of either firm or insurance offers you will become eligible for Clearing.
  4. If you exceeded the terms of your firm offer you will be eligible for Adjustment. You can register for Adjustment from Thursday 15 August on UCAS Track and it is then up to you to contact universities and agree a new place on a course with them.