Universities provide support throughout the results season
University leaders say their institutions are ready to help the growing number of students applying to college this summer and that students should continue to be ambitious in their study choices.
Ahead of Results Day for AS / A levels, many professional qualifications including BTEC level 3, and Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers on Tuesday August 10, UK universities and UCAS are issuing guidance for applicants and their families.
This underlines that, like last summer, universities will adapt to new assessment modalities, be flexible when reviewing results and support students in their decision-making.
There is no algorithm this year. Instead, for most qualifications, the results will come from teacher assessment, meaning that students will be assessed by their teachers only on what they have been taught.
Commenting Alistair Jarvis, Managing Director of Universities UK, said:
“We appreciate that this year’s school leavers have had a troubled and difficult time as a result of the pandemic and that Results Day can be stressful. University admissions teams will go the extra mile over the next few weeks to support students. They will take individual circumstances into account and do what they can to ease the transition to college. Students must continue to be ambitious in their choices, gaining university experience and qualification can transform their lives. ”
Clare Marchant, Managing Director of UCAS, said:
“Students can expect to be well supported by UCAS and the universities when making their decisions over the summer. Universities and colleges continue to be flexible, as they have been throughout the pandemic, and have worked hard to be able to accommodate more students into their classes in the fall.
“Whatever their personal situation, students will have a number of options to choose from. Thousands of undergraduate courses have vacancies in Clearing, and our learning department is also ready to help students considering this career path. UCAS is ready to help students make the right choices for them, leading to the next successful steps in their learning and career.
Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:
“As we head into Results Day, I want to reassure students that flexibility and fairness are at the heart of our assessment plans, to ensure they can take the next step of their lives and that they are fully supported as they make these goals important. choices.
“We have worked alongside schools, colleges, awarding bodies and the higher education industry so that we can continue to put the interests of students at the center of decision-making and ensure that they have the right time to carefully consider their options and make the best choices for their future.
“I want to thank all universities for their continued commitment to ensuring that students have access to the opportunities necessary to succeed.
UK universities and UCAS have issued this notice for this year’s applicants:
- The importance of career counseling
Whether things go better or worse than expected on Results Day, applicants should look to their school / college counselors for guidance and university admissions teams will be on hand to provide support so that candidates can make informed choices about where, when and what to study. UCAS’s website, social media channels, which now include TikTok, and phone experts can also provide personalized information and advice to help students with their decisions.
- It’s not just notes
Universities offer places based on a range of factors, not just qualifications, such as other relevant experience, sometimes including performance in an interview or audition, and family and school circumstances. individual. Even if applicants do not achieve the required grades, they should not assume that this rules out their first choice of university.
The results of this year’s exams will be checked and quality assured, and universities are experts in admissions management, so students should be assured that they will be treated fairly, even though this year’s assessment method – teacher-assigned grades in England or center-determined grades in Wales and Northern Ireland – it’s different.
- Universities will continue to be flexible
Universities appreciate that the impact of Covid-19 has made life difficult for applicants and will take this into account when allocating places. Universities will continue to be flexible in their admission policies, given the level of disruption in tuition over the past 18 months. This means that universities, like other years, will take the applicant’s personal circumstances into account when making admissions decisions. This contextualization will especially help students from disadvantaged backgrounds – who have applied in record numbers this year, after the highest level of acceptance ever reached in 2020.
Students can appeal their results – first to their school / college, and then, if they still believe there is a mistake, to the exam board. However, applicants should speak to the university of their choice before appealing, as this may not be necessary and may delay securing their place. Additionally, applicants should remember that grades may go up, down, or stay the same after calls this year. It is recommended that the student share the results of their appeal with universities before the UCAS advisory deadline of September 8, although students should keep in touch with their universities if this is a concern.
- Take an exam in the fall
A-level exams are available for those wishing to take an exam (in England) in October, but that will almost certainly mean that it would be too late to start a university course this fall. If you choose to take an exam in the fall, universities and colleges may consider them to be “first exams”.
- Impact of Covid
Universities continue to respond in accordance with public health demands and while it is too early to predict what they might be in the fall, applicants can be confident that universities are putting students at the heart of their decisions, by working hard to give as much help and support as much as possible to students in these difficult and unprecedented times.
- Scotland and Wales
Students in Wales and Scotland have been given ‘provisional marks’ but should not expect universities to confirm places based on those marks – students must wait for results day in August , as did the students in England and Northern Ireland.
- Additional support for university preparation
In addition to this, you need to know more about it.Universities are stepping up efforts to support the education and well-being of candidates transitioning to higher education this fall with tailored support and activities that recognize the disruption they faced during the Covid-19 pandemic . Applicants should discuss with their university how best to prepare for the start of their university experience.
- University remains an excellent choice
Starting college in 2021 is a great choice. An academic experience gives students the knowledge, skills and contacts to pursue their ambitions and puts graduates in a strong position as the economy recovers. A degree from a UK university continues to provide a significant boost to employment prospects and improve earning potential.