Supporting you on exam results day

Supporting you on exam results day

Results day. A day that seemed far away has now approached with speed, and with-it feelings of excitement, and maybe nervousness and stress.

It’s important to look after yourself, both before and after you open your results. Remind yourself that you are so much more than your results. Be kind to yourself and take time for self-care.

Self-care will look different for everyone and there is no right or wrong way to do it. In the build up to results day and beyond, find a way you can escape your worries and keep your stress levels at bay. This could be a walk with a friend, a hot drink alone in the park, a bath, listening to music, your favourite snack or doing some exercise.

When you get your results remember to:

  • Breathe – take a moment to breathe deeply and relax
  • Explore your options – a teacher at your school or college can help with this
  • Speak to someone – talk about how you’re feeling with a friend or family member
  • Take your time – sleep on it, you don’t need to rush any decisions you make

If you’ve opened your A-level results and don’t have a place at University but would like to go, you will need to apply through what is called Clearing. Here’s all the information you need on applying.

If you’ve got your results and want to speak to someone about your options, whether that’s further education, training or getting a job, you can speak to a careers advisers by emailing:

Extra support if you need it

Sometimes you might be in need for some extra help. There are support services available who can help, no matter how big or small your concerns are:


Kooth is a free online counselling and wellbeing support service, which is available to all young people aged 11-25 in Portsmouth. Young people can chat to the team via live chat or message. The site is available 24/7 with counselling available 12pm – 10pm on weekdays and 6pm – 10pm on weekends. 

Young Minds

Young Minds has lots of useful advice on their website, including tips for coping with exam results stress and dealing with disappointing results. You can also get advice from students like Ella, who experienced anxiety before getting her results.


AQA offer advice on noticing signs of stress and what you can do to feel better. Their tips include looking after your physical health, connecting with others and mindfulness.


Childline also offer useful tips and advice – including how to tell your parents about your results.