Exam results and Clearing

When do exam results come out? 📅

- National Qualifications in Scotland are released on 9 August 2022

- A level results day is on 18 August 2022

See the below information to support you before and during your exam results. Good luck!

Before your exam results, there are a few steps you can take to make sure you are prepared. 💻📖🖊️

- make sure you have your UCAS log in details ready on exam results day.

- if you have an offer accepted, have another look at the details of the course to make sure it is the right course for you.

- if you haven’t got a firm offer or want to explore other options, you can search for courses which are available through Clearing or you can use the Clearing Plus tool to be matched to courses through UCAS.

If you are considering exploring other options you can:

- chat to a career’s adviser for support (see ‘Exam results support’ for contact details).

- read our guide to help you with your research.

- go on a virtual tour and chat to university students to help you to find out about the university or college.

- have a look at courses on Discover Uni to see students’ experiences and what they have gone on to do and earn after graduating.

How do I get my results?

You can collect your results when your school or college opens on the day. Contact your school or college to find out their opening times.

Make sure you are available on exam results day so you can get any support you may need from your teachers and school staff.

What will the UCAS hub show on results day?

UCAS start updating records for:

- SQA results day (9 August) from 09:00

- A level results day (18 August) from 08:15.

Your exam results are sent directly to UCAS from the awarding organisations and UCAS send your exam results on to your choices.

On UCAS Track, you will be able to see if you have been accepted onto your chosen course or not. You will not be able to see what grades you have achieved.

If your Hub has not updated by mid-morning, you will need to contact the university or college so you can speak to them about your offer and your exam results.

See further information from UCAS.

Below is some guidance to support you on exam results day:

I received the grades I needed for my chosen course

If you get the grades that you needed for your chosen choice, congratulations!

UCAS will let you know when your place is confirmed and your chosen university or college will send the details of what you need to do next.

I received better grades than I expected?

If you get better results than expected, congratulations!

If you already had an offer which you accepted, and you still want to begin the course, UCAS will let you know when your offer is confirmed. Your chosen university or college will then send the details of what you need to do next.

What if I don’t get the grades I need?

If you didn't get the grades you needed, there are a few situations which might happen:

  • the university or college might accept you anyway.
  • you might get a place on either your firm or insurance choice.
  • you might be offered an alternative by the university/college which is called a 'changed course offer' which you will need to accept or decline.
  • you might not get a place, but you can search through Clearing to see what courses still have vacancies.

If you didn’t get the grades you needed for your chosen course, try not to panic.

  • speak to teachers and staff within your school.
  • phone an exam results helpline (see 'Exam results support' for contact details). If you call the exam results helpline, make sure you have a laptop or tablet, or a pen and paper available to research and make notes.
  • talk to your parents or guardians.
  • contact the university of your firm and insurance choice to see if they will accept your grades.
  • look for options available in Clearing.
  • talk to any universities or colleges you are interested in to ask if they would accept your grades.

Can I appeal?

If you want to appeal your exam results, you should speak to your teachers and staff at your school. You will need to try to arrange the appeal as soon as possible and let the university or college know so they are aware.

If you appeal, the university or college should delay making a decision until the outcome is available.

See ‘Appealing exam results’ for further information.

Can I defer?

If you are not sure whether you still want to go to university this year, or are considering re-taking exams, you could consider deferring to next year or reapplying for 2023.

See ‘Deferring a place’ for further guidance.

What if I want to change courses?

If you had another course or university or college in mind, you could check Clearing to see if the course is available.

If you are unsure about what you want to do, you can phone UCAS or the exam results phonelines to chat to an adviser, they will discuss the different options available to help you to make the right decision for you.

See ‘Clearing’ for further support.

What if I decide I don’t want to go to university or college anymore?

If you are not sure if you still want to go to university or college, you may want to consider other options such as taking a gap year, getting a job, going travelling or looking at other routes such as an apprenticeship.

You could consider deferring your place, or if you decide that you no longer want to go to university or college, you can ‘decline your place’ through the UCAS hub. This is available until 7 September 2022. See UCAS for further guidance.

If you want to explore apprenticeships, you can find out more on the UCAS apprenticeship hub for further information and to look for vacancies.

See the below contact details for any support during the exam results period. 📱 💻


National Careers Service

You can speak to a professional career’s adviser for free and impartial information and advice via the webchat, or by calling the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900, open weekdays 8am-8pm Saturday 10am-5pm. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

You can also get support on social media on exam results day Twitter and Facebook using #examresultslive to ask an adviser a question.


Careers Wales

For careers advice and guidance in Wales, you can contact Careers Wales on 0800 028 4844.

Lines are open Monday to Thursday: 8am – 6pm and Friday: 9am – 4:30pm.


Skills Development Scotland are available with support. The SDS helpline number is 0800 917 8000 and available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

The SDS Results Helpline goes live at 8am on results day – Tuesday 9 August, the opening hours are:

  • Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 August: 8am – 8pm
  • Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August: 9am – 5pm
  • Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 August: 9am – 5pm 
  • Help is also available on the My World of Work website.

Northern Ireland

For students in Northern Ireland, NI Direct have an online advice chat function and guidance around Clearing.

Additional support


You can contact UCAS for exam results and Clearing support.

Call UCAS on 0371 468 0 468. UCAS are normally open Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 18.00 and calls will be charged at your standard network rate.

You will need to have your Personal ID number ready so UCAS can find your records quickly.

You can also find support on UCAS’ social media on Twitter.

Student Room

You can find support on the Student Room.

Exam results support for teachers and advisers

  • The Careers and Enterprise Company have guidance available for teachers and advisers in England.
  • Skills Development Scotland have also published some guidance to support students through this period.

Exam results support for parents and guardians

You may be considering Clearing as an option, if so, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you:

- missed the UCAS application deadline for courses beginning in 2022

- haven’t had any offers from your firm or insurance choice.

- you changed your mind about your firm or insurance choice and want to apply to a different course or university.

Search the Clearing search tool to find courses which are available or you can use Clearing Plus to be matched to courses through UCAS.

Find full details of the Clearing process, and access the UCAS search tool, on the Clearing section of the UCAS website.

Clearing is open until 18 October 2022.

If you are considering exploring other options, make sure you do your research thoroughly.

Entering Clearing after receiving exam results:

If you are entering Clearing after receiving your exam results, Clearing will be busy and you should have your information ready. If you decide to go through Clearing, you will need your:

- UCAS Id number and log in details

- UCAS clearing number from the UCAS hub

- your GCSE results

- your personal statement

- fully charged mobile phone

If you feel that you would like to talk through your options, you can speak to a career’s adviser for free and impartial information and advice. See ‘Support available during exam results’ for details of who you can contact.

Further information on the clearing process is available via the following websites:

- Prospects

- Careers Wales

- NI Direct

If you decide to apply for a course through Clearing, or change courses through Clearing, don’t forget to update your student finance application.

If you think something has gone wrong in the process of working out your grades, the first step is to speak to your school. It is important to consider that your marks and grades could be lowered, stay the same or increase, so you need to make sure you take appropriate advice before asking for an appeal.

The appeals process and deadlines for appeals are different depending on where you live in the UK. Check out the links below for information for each nation.

See the appeals process guidance for England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Other qualifications

You can ask your school, college or training provider to review the results of any other qualification, for example a BTEC or an NVQ.

If you’re not satisfied with the outcome, you can appeal directly to the awarding organisation. They will send you a final report after they’ve reviewed the result.

If you think the awarding organisation did not deal with your appeal correctly, you can complain to Ofqual.

Further information and advice on appealing grades is available from UCAS.

If you are not sure if you are ready to start university this year, or would now like to take a gap year, you could consider deferring. This means that you apply to start your course a year later.

If you are applying through Clearing, you can only apply for the current year – you cannot apply for a deferred place to start next year through Clearing.

If you have applied or been offered a place for 2022 but would now like to defer, it will be up to the university or college to approve deferral request. You need to contact them to check and be ready to explain your reasons.

  • they may only accept deferrals for some courses.
  • if you have been offered a place this is considered a late deferral and you may be asked to reapply.
  • while many universities will agree to deferrals, if they don't, you could choose to withdraw your application for this year and then reapply when the application process opens for next year.
  • if you are holding a deferred place and want to apply for a place this year through Clearing, you will need to ‘Decline’ your place (in UCAS Track or by contacting the university or college to let them know) and complete a new application in Clearing.
  • make sure you’re confident of your choice, and check with the university or college as if you defer it may be a final decision.

You have right up until your course start date to decide whether to defer or not, but accepting your request is at the discretion of your university or college. The earlier you speak to them, the better.

You can find more information from UCAS.

Getting your exam results can be a stressful time so it is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. You can find support during exam results through:

- Student Minds

- Student Space

- Young Minds

- NHS mental health support

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