Every family – whose teen sat A Levels in May and June – will know there is a week to go before the results come out. Then Operation Go To University (Or Not) swings into action. We have a year’s grace. This time next year the tensions will be rising. However, I cannot believe we were going through all this just three short years ago with our son.
ONE WEEK TO GO…
Yes! One week. Who knew! I didn’t feel there was much point reminding our son about the land mark. What I felt I ought to do was arm myself with as much information as possible. The number one website is – of course
I subscribed to their twitter page and alerts as well. I wanted to understand what clearing meant. I wanted to understand what adjustment meant as well.
CLEARING – This is where universities (usually in July) advertise, which courses are still available. It obviously helps if your teen knows what course they want to commence. These courses are advertised right up to nearly the start of term. Let’s say, your teen’s results aren’t as hoped and their offer is withdrawn by their chosen university.
It is not the end of the world! Contact clearing and they can advise, which universities are offering courses either exactly the same or similar. Once your teen has decided on their university, your teen will receive an email from the university and the usual process begins eg student finance, accommodation
Clearing will also apply to your teen who had thought university was not for them but has now decided that university is now the way forward
ADJUSTMENT – This is where your teens results are actually better than expected. This then gives your teen pause for thought if they wish to change their university. This service is available from A Level results day up to 31 August. Your teen can stick to their decision of their chosen university. Or they can see what courses are available from other universities
RESULTS DAY NEXT THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 2018
It’s such an emotional day! I really admit to not sleeping too well a couple of nights before. I woke early on that Thursday and clicked on my twitter account @ucas_online Normally the tracker opened at 8.00am. For whatever reason, in 2015, the tracker was open at 6.00am. I ran into my son’s room – he was awake anyway – to let him know he could go online and see where the next three years would take us. Your teen should know their sign on for tracker
I was actually on jury service the day our son was waiting for his A level results. I hadn’t been sleeping well anyway!
I looked at @ucas_online and the tracker was open. Early. Our son got up and logged on. And there it was. He had his place at his university choice confirmed. The weird thing was he didn’t actually know his A Level results until he went to his Sixth Form a few hours later.
It’s all making me feel quite sentimental recalling this. Especially as next year I will be going through this again next year.
For this reason this is why I write about how it feels. Practical stuff as well. Parenting suddenly takes a left turn. Your teen is still your child! And that’s okay too! It’s learning how to adjust that parenting and allowing that Invisible Thread to continue and keep going. There are so many changes afoot. Keeping one step at a time.
Please let me know your thoughts and how you get on.
Thank you for reading