UCAS issue exam advice for students

A day after exam results have landed on the doorstep of university and college applicants, UCAS advisers, including their social media team, are available to help anyone with questions about the confirmation and clearing process.

Applicants can log in to Track on the UCAS website, at www.ucas.ac.uk/students/track/ from around 9am on SQA results day (August 7) to see if they have been accepted or are eligible for clearing - but they won’t be able to make a formal clearing choice until early afternoon. They should call universities and colleges beforehand, to discuss courses that interest them, in search of a provisional offer.

After checking their status in Track, eligible applicants can browse clearing vacancies on the UCAS website Andrea Robertson, Director of Customer Operations at UCAS offered this advice to applicants: “If you achieve the results you need for your firm or insurance choice, then congratulations on all your hard work. If your grades don’t quite meet the offer requirements, there’s no need to panic.

“Clearing is there to help anyone who is without a place on results day, for whatever reason.

“You can find detailed guidance about the Clearing process on the UCAS website, alongside courses still available. “It’s very important to be flexible and determined when looking at the alternatives, and to research the requirements properly.

“You should be as well informed as possible before you make that call to admissions staff to discuss your potential acceptance.”

Expert advisers from UCAS will be on hand to answer questions on 0871 468 0 468 from 08:30 on Scottish results day. Their social media team will be available at the same time, and you can put your questions to them on Twitter and Facebook.

If you don’t get the results you expected (whether higher or lower) and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on the free Skills Development Scotland Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000. The line is open from 8am on Scottish results day.