A-level results day (Thursday 13th August) marks the day hundreds of thousands of school leavers will be making big decisions about their futures. A record 41% of 18-year-olds in the UK have applied to university this year, which means that more young people than ever will be navigating their way through an exciting and nerve-wracking process.

This year brings with it even more uncertainty than usual for school leavers, whose results will be determined by a new A-level assessment system based on teachers’ calculations, predicted grades or earlier coursework.

Despite the promising number of applicants there is still uncertainty amongst students – 22% could defer going to university and 25% are considering switching their university through clearing.

Mums and dads too are unsure about the procedures and process of applying to university post-exam results. Even though 74% of UK parents feel confident supporting their children in making decisions about university, 88% do not know how clearing works and a further 86% lack confidence in advising their children about it.

Leeds Beckett University aims to provide information and reassurance to parents and students to help them through the A-level results and clearing period by launching Let’s Do This Together an initiative which will bring together students and answer any questions.

As well as hosting the newly-promoted Premier League football club Leeds United, the city of Leeds boasts a buzzing nightlife and friendly community. Leeds Beckett University is also celebrating a huge increase in its overall satisfaction rating by students – up from No 50 to No 36 in the rankings with a score of 84.8%.  – above the national average!

Fifteen of the institution’s courses scored 100% overall satisfaction by final year students and a further 23 programmes gained ratings 90% and above. In the graduate employment league tables it has climbed 33 places in the last 12 months alone.