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Higher Education and Careers

Welcome to our Higher Education and Careers Page.

Please read this letter from Ofqual and UCAS regarding how your results are determined, results day, confirming offers and Clearing: published 18th July 2023.

Letter to Students from Ofqual and UCAS


A Level results Day - Thursday 17th August 2023

We look forward to seeing our students on Results Day on Thursday, 17th August to collect their A Level results.

Students will be able to collect their results between 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. They should come to the main reception at school: you are welcome to accompany them if you wish. If they have any queries following receipt of results there will be help, guidance and advice on hand in school.

The Sixth form team and staff look forward to meeting with you all in August on results day, on the final part of the students’ educational journey at Rugby High School.

Please see below some useful information from UCAS about Results Day:

UCAS Guide to results day - What you need to know

What options do I have on results day?

Accept your firm or insurance choice

Got an offer? Congratulations! Pick a uni and secure your place. Your chosen uni will direct you on what to do next.

Enter Clearing

If you didn’t get any offers, or declined the ones you’ve got, you can find a course through Clearing once it goes live on our search tool. Use our guide to help you out.

Appeal for your grades

Think your results need reviewing? Talk to your school to know your options, and how to submit an appeal to the exam board. You’ll need to alert your uni to see if they can hold your place, or if you need to enter Clearing while waiting for your appeal.


Maybe you’re not quite ready for uni. A break sounds nice, and you might even be thinking of gaining some work experience.

Inform your uni immediately if you choose to defer your studies. Most unis will hold your place for a year if you’ve met all conditions for entry. Be prepared to explain your decision.

Consider an apprenticeship

Have a career in mind already? A degree apprenticeship might just be the path for you. Use our guide on finding an apprenticeship for help.

Making the most of Clearing


UCAS - Parent / Carers Guide

Please click here or use the link at the bottom of this page to download the '2024 UCAS Guide - everything you need to support your child with their higher education choices'. 

This guide contains information on:

  • Pre-application planning and exploring their options
  • Making a UCAS application, including writing a great personal statement
  • What happens next - What happens when UCAS gets their application
  •   Additional useful resources 

UCAS Terms Explained

UCAS use quite a few terms in the application process. They’ve explained them all here, if you need to check what any mean.

UCAS terms explained