A-level results 2017 in Norfolk and Waveney: Everything you need to know
PUBLISHED: 14:25 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:22 17 August 2017
Hundreds of students across Norfolk and Suffolk nervously awaiting results will soon discover how they fared in their A-levels.
Thursday marks A-levels results day, when students at sixth forms and colleges around the country will finally know more about what comes next.
For many it will be a memorable day, marking the end of years of education and the start of a new chapter.
Nationally, boys are likely to outperform girls again in terms of A*s, with one expert suggesting that they could also close the gap with their female classmates at the A grade boundary.
Last year, a quarter (25.8pc) of A-level entries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, were awarded an A* or A, compared to 25.9pc the year before, and 27pc five years ago.
So what happens?
Most students will be able to see confirmation of their university place from 8am on the UCAS Track website - though breakdowns of marks will not be shown.
Students can collect hard copies of results, with more details, from their school.
For those that have met their required grades, the website will confirm whether they have been accepted into first choice or insurance universities.
For those who exceed their offer, and want to reconsider their course or university, they can see which alternatives they could secure a place on through UCAS’ Adjustment service.
But what if I didn’t get the grades?
Even if UCAS points fall below the target, it’s worth calling the university to confirm you haven’t been accepted. Failing this, try your insurance choices to ask the same.
Exam reviews and appeals are an option, but you’ll need to let your chosen university know about your plans to apply.
The main route for many is Clearing - which, in 2015, 65,000 students used to secure a place at university. The system, which opens in July and closes in September, allows unplaced students to apply for courses with vacancies.
If you haven’t met your requirements, Track will give you a clearing number, which - along with your personal ID - you’ll need when talking to universities.
There’s a vacancy list on the UCAS website, which is updated regularly, so it’s worth making a list of the courses you’re interested in and calling universities to see what they can offer.
Once you’ve had confirmation, click ‘Add Clearing choice’ on Track and fill in the details - this counts as accepting the offer.
For more information, click here.
Finally, some advice.
Alix Delany, head of admissions at the University of East Anglia, said: “All universities are very aware this is a big decision for you and you might not have expected to be in Clearing.
“Remember there will always be a friendly voice at the end of the phone line, and we are here to help you find the right course to match your interests.
“A little checklist of the things you would like to ask the university is worth having, so you can compare and contrast the different offers you might get.
“For example, if you want to live in university accommodation, am I guaranteed a room? How long is my offer guaranteed for? Where can I find out more about the course, and is there an opportunity to come and visit?”
What happened last year?
In 2016, about three quarters - 74pc in Norfolk and 76pc in Suffolk - of A-Level grades were A* to Cs.
We’ll be running live coverage again on our website on Thursday and will have a special supplement in the newspaper on Friday.
And what about the changes?
Students receiving their A-level results this summer are the first to experience the new examinations systems.
The reforms in England are being introduced gradually to match other countries, and to “keep pace with universities’ and employers’ demands”, the exams regulator Ofqual said.
Most notably, AS results no longer contribute towards a final A-level mark. The change has resulted in a 42pc dip in the number of AS exam entries compared with last year.
There has also been a move away from modules to “linear” qualifications where students sit all of their exams at the end of the course, with fewer re-sits.
The content for the new A-levels has been reviewed and updated, with universities playing a greater role in this for the new qualifications than previously.
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