A-levels: What to do if you don’t get the grades you want


A huge congratulations to all those who got the results they wanted. Your hard work has paid off, now onto the next adventure!

However A-level results day isn’t always the most pleasant of experiences for everyone. When you’ve worked so hard for two years and just missed out on your goal it’s tough. And it’s okay to be disappointed but do not despair!

A-Levels are important but they do not determine your future. I know this first hand! It seems like a long time ago but 15 years ago I was in the same boat. I opened the envelope full of hope and within a matter of moments I felt like my world was crashing down around me. I didn’t get the grades I needed, which meant I didn’t get a place on the courses I wanted.

But all was not lost, I decided to take things into my own hands and make the best of a bad situation. Within 7 days I had persuaded both my first and second choice university to offer me a position on two slightly different courses. It wasn’t part of my grand plan but 3 years later I graduated and landed my first job! The rest is history 🙂

What are my options?

If your plan was to go to uni and your heart’s still set on this, then keep calm and call the exam results helpline (0808 100 8000). Advisors are available throughout to discuss what you can do with lower grades than expected.

Clearing – This is how uni’s and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It’s an ideal way for you to find another course.

Contact the University – Take things into your own hands and contact your chosen university directly to discuss the options available. You may be surprised by the outcome.

Intermediate/Higher Apprenticeships – Providing structured training and paying competitive salaries Apprenticeships provide a great alternative to uni. https://goo.gl/iRdXdf

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