A-LEVEL results day 2019 is TOMORROW and schoolkids across the country are going to be waking up to see if all their hard work paid off.
But decoding all the jargon can be a little troubling. Here, we look at some of the key phrases and what they mean…
What do unconditional, conditional and unsuccessful university offers mean?
A conditional offer means you still need to meet the requirements – usually exam results, according to the official UCAS website.
An unconditional offer means you’ve got a place, although there might still be a few things to arrange.
An unsuccessful or withdrawn choice removes that option, but you could add more.
UCAS adds: “Don’t worry if you don’t get any offers though – you might be able to add extra choices now, or look for course availability later on.”
How does the UCAS points calculator work and is a D or an E grade a pass?
The UCAS points calculator is a really helpful way of working out how many points you accumulated across your exams.
All you have to do is enter the qualifications, subjects and grades you got – and it does the rest.
The marks you got in one exam are converted to marks on a Uniform Mark Scale (UMS), according to A-Levels.co.uk.
Anything above 80% is an A grade, 70-79% offers a B grade, 60-69% is C, 50-59% is D and 40-49% offers you the bottom pass E grade.
When does UCAS Track open?
You can track your application by signing up to UCAS Track here.
But contrary to popular belief, it does not update at midnight. So if you stayed up late to check you would have wasted your time.
The service actually updates from 8am on A-level results day (Thursday August 15, 2019). If you check Track and it says your place is “unconditional” then well done you’ve been accepted.
A university or college might offer you an alternative. This could be “a changed course offer” which you’ll need to accept or decline.
Have the A-level grade boundaries been released?
Leaked A-level grade boundaries have revealed students who get 55% in their maths exam will qualify for an A.
The grade boundaries have been leaked the day before the official results day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Documents also show that this year, 43 marks (14.3%) would result in an E grade is considered a passing grade.
Grade boundaries for Edexcel’s maths A-level show that 165 out of 300 marks were needed to achieve the top grade.
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