Results Day Guide

Supporting You

We know that results day can be a busy time, so to answer any questions you may have about what to do next, we have pulled together a simple guide. There are plenty of things you can do now to prepare, even if you think you know what grades you're likely to achieve. Remember, regardless of what happens on the day, the University of Lincoln is here to help you.

Preparing for Results Day

Plan for different outcomes

Do your research on different options

Check where and when to get your results

Have important phone numbers prepared

Be ready with your UCAS ID number

Get support from family and friends

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Understanding Your Applications Status

It is important to familiarise yourself with different application statuses ready for result day. This will help you understand your position in the UCAS application process and enable you make decisions about what you want to do.


If your place has been confirmed, this means that you have achieved the conditions of your offer and your university or college has accepted you. Keep an eye out for official communications from your university for details on next steps. If you are accepted by your firm choice, your insurance choice is automatically declined. If you have decided you would like to go to your insurance choice instead, you will need to contact them to check availability.

If you want to go to the same university, but change to a different course, contact the university directly to discuss this. If you decide you want to go to a different university entirely, you can self-release into Clearing by using the 'Decline Your Place' button, however, remember this cannot be undone.

Waiting for Confirmation

If you are awaiting confirmation, this mean that UCAS is waiting for your university or college to let them know if you've met the conditions of your offer and have been accepted. It can take up to 24 hours for your application to be updated. You might need to send them details of your results if they ask for them.

Entered into Clearing

You may be automatically entered into Clearing. This can be because you’ve declined your existing offers or haven’t met the conditions of your chosen university or college. You can now start to look for Clearing places and begin to contact them directly to see if they have a place available for you. During the Clearing period you'll be able to find a full list of vacancies at Lincoln on our website.

You may decide that you want to retake exams in the next academic year and reapply in the next UCAS cycle, or appeal your grades. Speak to your school or college for further information.

Your preferred university may consider also you for an alternative course if you do not meet the requirements of the offer. At Lincoln, we offer a range of Foundation Year programmes who students who do not meet the entry requirements of our full degree programmes.

Deferring or Declining

You have decided that you would like to defer your place to next year, you will need to contact your University directly to see if this is possible. This might be pre-planned, for example if you want to go on a gap year, or you might change your mind during the application. Think carefully about how deferring may affect your immediate and future plans. If you decide to defer it will mean graduating a year later than you normally would.

If you have decided that you do not wish to go to university in this cycle and are holding an unconditional place as your firm choice you will be able to use the, 'Decline Your Place', option to withdraw from your offers. Remember, this cannot be undone.