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News Live Q&A: A-level results
A-level results not what you'd hoped? Don't worry, our experts are on hand to help
If you're feeling disappointed about your A-level results, don't worry – our live Q&A will answer all your questions.
On Thursday from 1-3pm we've got a panel of careers advisers lined up to take you through your options.
Whether you're hoping to go through Clearing, thinking about a gap year or stuck for what to do next, we're here to help.
There may be opportunities you hadn't even thought of that could lead you in new directions, or ways to pursue your dream career regardless of your grades.
Post your questions below to take part in our live A-level results discussion.
Nick Hynes is an adviser for the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000
Rosemary Allen is a careers adviser with Careers Wales, the national careers service for Wales
Vicki Sellens is an experienced careers adviser, having worked at Connexions providing guidance to 13-19s. She is now transition and progression manager at FE college Berkshire College of Agriculture, BCA
Here are some key dates and numbers for you to make a note of if you're contemplating Clearing.
Clearing: a timeline
15 August 2013
A-level results are published and the full Clearing vacancy information service – covering English, Welsh and Northern Irish institutions – starts.
Adjustment opens for registration. Applicants who have achieved better results than expected and exceeded their original firm offer conditions have the option to register in Track to explore other institutions and courses that they may prefer.
Clearing vacancies are viewable on the Ucas website.
From about 7am applicants can log into Track to see if they have been accepted.
Applicants in Clearing should call universities and colleges during the day to discuss courses and to secure a provisional offer.
From 5pm applicants can start entering their formal Clearing choices on the Ucas website.
31 August 2013
Adjustment closes. Applicants who registered but who have received no alternative offer will revert to the place they were originally offered.
20 September 2013
Last date Ucas will accept new applications for 2013 courses. Lists of vacancies will remain open for those already in the system.
30 September 2013
The Clearing vacancy search closes: applicants can still add Clearing choices in Track, but should first contact universities and colleges directly to discuss vacancies.
22 October 2013
Last date to add a Clearing choice and for an institution to accept an applicant in Clearing.
Who can help?
• Ucas offers Clearing advice on 0871 468 0468
• The Exam Results Helpline, on 0808 100 8000, is open from results day until 24 August for free, expert advice on Clearing and adjustment; qualifications and subject choices; re-sits and more
• The Guardian University Guide contains league tables of every subject taught at universities in the UK, plus profiles of universities and courses
• Unistats has information on every course at every university