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Preparing for exam results

Your results will become available at various times, depending on the qualification. If you’re taking Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate, BTEC, or an Access Diploma, you’ll probably receive your results earlier than those who are waiting for A-level results, which will be published on Thursday, 17 August 2017 at 8am.

You may well get the exam results you need to confirm your firm or insurance place at your chosen university, but it’s always worth having a contingency plan in place just in case you need it. That way, come results day, you’ll be completely prepared for all eventualities.

Getting your exam results

For most students, results day generally goes one of three ways:

You get the results you need and confirm your place at either your firm or insurance choice

In this case you’ll probably find that it is pretty straightforward from here and you don’t need to do anything further. Just check UCAS Track has updated and wait to receive your AS12 confirmation from UCAS.

You don’t get the results you need and therefore have to consider other options

First things first – log in to UCAS Track and check your status. If you’ve only just missed your offer then there’s a chance that you may still be under consideration, or you might even be offered a place on another course at the same university. If not, then you might decide to take a year out or to re-sit your exams and try again next year.

However, if you’ve got your heart set on going to university in September 2017, then you might want to consider applying for vacancies through clearing. So, if your UCAS Track status says ‘you are in clearing’ or ‘clearing has started’ you can begin to search for suitable courses that have vacancies.

For more information see ‘entering into clearing’ below.

You did better than expected and you want to reconsider your original choices

If you meet or exceed the conditions of your firm offer then you could, if you wanted to, consider other courses or other universities that you didn’t apply for originally. Adjustment gives you the flexibility to look at your other options while protecting your place at your firm choice.

For more information see ‘entering into adjustment’ below.

Entering into clearing

If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for and have been entered into clearing, you’ll be able to search for vacancies online from 6pm on Wednesday, 16 August via the UCAS website, The Telegraph and university clearing websites. If you have any enquiries about applying for clearing vacancies at Manchester, you can contact our clearing helpline – lines open at 8am on Thursday, 17 August.

You’ll only be placed into clearing once your firm and insurance choices have confirmed that they cannot offer you a place. So, if there’s a delay in the decision-making process for any reason – eg results are still pending – it may take a little while to update your status on UCAS Track.

Apply to Manchester through clearing

If you find a course at Manchester that has clearing vacancies and you’d like to apply, remember to check first that you fulfil the entry requirements for the course and then contact us directly via our clearing helpline. Please have your UCAS personal ID, UCAS course code and your results to hand so we can deal with your enquiry as quickly as possible.

Entering into adjustment

You’ll be able to consider adjustment if you meet or exceed the conditions of your firm choice. The chances are you’ll be more than happy to take up your place at your firm choice – let’s face it, there must have been a good reason why you chose it in the first place! However, adjustment gives you the flexibility, should you want it, to see what other courses or universities might be available while protecting that all-important confirmed place at your firm choice.  

Apply to Manchester through adjustment

If you think you’re eligible for adjustment on to one of our courses, please check the entry requirements using the course search and then call our confirmation and clearing hotline to discuss possible vacancies with a member of our team.

Clearing and adjustment open day

If you have been offered a place at Manchester through clearing or adjustment then you’ll receive an invitation, via email, to the clearing and adjustment open day on Friday, 25 August. This will give you the opportunity to see the campus, take a look at our accommodation in Fallowfield and speak to current Manchester students. You’ll also get the chance to visit your academic School and find out more about your course.

Find out more

If you still have questions and want to speak to someone in person, contact us as below.