THOUSANDS of young people across Dorset and Hampshire have been urged to be prepared for A level results day tomorrow.

While many will be awarded their predicted grades and gain places at university, others will be disappointed and will be uncertain as to what to do next.

University admissions body UCAS has stressed it is vital to be prepared for all eventualities and to make the most of the opportunities available.

"Hopefully you'll get the exam grades you need, but if you just miss out, the university or college might accept you anyway" said a spokesman.

"You might get a place on either your firm or insurance choice, depending how well your exams go, you might be offered an alternative course or you might not get a place."

UCAS has suggested that those who don't gain a place can search through its Clearing service to see what courses still have vacancies.

The spokesman added: "Results day can be stressful, so make sure you know how it works and what to expect. Have your Track sign in details handy and update your contact details if you need to.

"Make sure you're available on results day, because we can't speak to anyone else about your application details unless you give them nominated access to speak on your behalf."

Advice has also been issued to parents who may be concerned about the long-awaited results day.

Mums and dads have been urged to talk things through with their children, encourage them to keep busy and to help them to eat and sleep well.

They have also been warned against passing their disappointment on to their child if they don't do as well as expected and to celebrate their efforts.

Students are expected to begin collecting their results from schools and colleges across the area from around 8am tomorrow.

Clearing at Bournemouth University is available on 01202 966777 and at the Arts University Bournemouth on 01202 363228.

See for details on the day and the Daily Echo on Friday for a round-up of local results.