A Level Results Day: the Jewish student guide

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With A Level Results Day on the horizon, we want to share some tips ahead of the big day.

Opening that envelope can be nerve-racking, but getting ready to go to university needn’t be – UJS is here to provide all the information you’ll need in one handy article.

Freshers Hotline

We have a dedicated phone line for you to call if you need advice on how to proceed once you’ve picked up your results. Our President Josh Holt says: ‘With almost 100 years of experience, UJS and J-Soc are here for you from the very start of your university journey, so if you would like to find out about Jewish life on any campuses – from social life and synagogues to kosher food and accommodation – just give us a call.’

Call us on 020 7424 3295. The hotline will be open 9:30 am – 5:30 pm on Thursday 17 August (results day) and 9:30 am – 3 pm on Friday 18 August, plus the whole of the following week.

Clearing and Adjustment

If your results are unexpected, you didn’t receive any offers or chose not to accept any offers, you might be looking at going to a university you hadn’t considered previously.

Adjustment is when your results are better than you were expecting, and you have met and exceeded your current offer, so you might want to look at options you hadn’t thought were open to you before.

Clearing is for you if you didn’t receive any offers, didn’t accept any offers, or didn’t meet your conditional offer.

Top Tip: to apply for courses through Adjustment, you’ll need to speak to the universities you’re interested in directly, so find their contact details on their website (if you think Adjustment might be for you, it’s a good idea to gather this information in the next few days, so you don’t have to Google frantically on Thursday.) Don’t worry about this for Clearing, as the UCAS website holds a list of all the courses open for Clearing, and the Telegraph publishes a list on Thursday morning too.

Once you’ve found a course that might work for you, why not ring our Freshers hotline? We can advise you about different J-Socs, as well as kosher accommodation and food access for different campuses.

Clearing and Adjustment are done through UCAS, so find out the exact procedures to follow here for Clearing and here for Adjustment. You’ll need your UCAS log in, and if you only paid the £13 one-course application fee originally, you’ll need to pay a further £11 to apply to other courses.

Accommodation

Some Hillel Houses have limited spaces left, including two spaces each at Birmingham and Manchester. There are also some vacancies in Kosher flats belonging to university halls – apply for these via university accommodation services, and don’t forget that you’ll need your candidate number. For the most up-to-date information on vacancies in accommodation, ring our Freshers Hotline from Thursday.

Settling in

The first term of university holds loads of exciting opportunities and we don’t want you to miss out on anything!

You may have heard about societies at university – these are groups of people with a common interest and they can be dedicated to anything from specific sports (Korfball anyone?) to Harry Potter Appreciation… Your J-Soc (Jewish Society) is one of many societies that you can join at university. We recommend finding out when your Students Union Societies Fair is, and popping along. There, you’ll be able to meet the J-Soc and see what other societies grab your interest too.

The first term also involves High Holy Days, so check back soon for our comprehensive list of meals and services in your area, for you to take your pick of what you’d like to attend.

Lastly, there are some exciting UJS events and programmes coming up between now and December:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. See you on campus soon!

About UJS

We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 60 Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on campuses across the UK and Ireland. We are traditional, progressive, cultural and spiritual; we come from the left, centre and right and can be found across religious and political spectrums.

Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, advancing inclusion, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. 

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