Find out what to do if you can't collect your results in person...
Many schools and colleges make A-level results available online. If yours does, make sure you know what information you'll need to access them. This may be your candidate number, date of birth and postcode.
If results day arrives and you haven't prepared, it's still worth contacting your school or college to find out what your options are.
You might also see 'Unconditional Changed Course' (or 'UCC'). This means that you missed your offer, but the university is prepared to give you a place on a different course (or on the same course, but with deferred entry).
Track normally updates by 8am, but if your university hasn't sent their response then you won't see a change until later in the day. It might take even longer in some situations - for example, if you only just miss your offer, the university might still be considering offering you a place.
If you're also waiting for GCSE results that your offer depends on, then UCAS Track won't update until GCSE results day. Remember that GCSE results aren't sent to universities automatically by UCAS: you'll need to do it yourself.
- Work out a way to call universities while you're away. If you're out of the country, you might be able to pay for an international minutes package on your mobile to make this practical, or use a service like Skype.
- Decide which universities and courses you would consider applying for through Clearing in advance. This way you're not starting from scratch if you do start late.
- If you'll be away without internet access, take contact details for the universities you're interested in so that you can get in touch with them.