Got your A level results and need help?
Our experienced advisers can help you throughout the summer ...
... with any questions about your plans
If your A level results are not what you expected and you feel confused, concerned or worried about the future, you're not alone, many people who have succeeded in their lives, got different grades to the ones they expected. You may still get your firm or insurance offer even if you miss the entry requirements.
If you are using UCAS Clearing, it is important to research the courses available. Check UCAS Track first, as a university may decide to confirm your place despite your grades being different. If Track hasn’t been updated, phone the university or college and ask for a decision. If you don't get a place, there may be alternative courses on Clearing, so check the Clearing vacancies on the UCAS website or on individual university websites. If you find a course you like, phone the university or college and ask if they will offer you a place.
If you get better results than expected and they are higher than you need for your firm offer, you could consider looking at courses that were asking for higher grades. UCAS Adjustment allows you to look at applying to a university that may have previously rejected you, or enrolling on a course that required grades you were not predicted to achieve, and now have. Check out Adjustment for more information or speak to your careers adviser. If you are happy with your firm choice, that's great too, you don't have to look elsewhere.
You can consider delaying university or college for a year then re-applying in the autumn for courses starting in 2018. You may also want to think about other options, such as foundation degrees, part-time and distance learning degrees or work-related learning, such as apprenticeships. You can consider a foundation degree where entry requirements are lower, or you could build up your UCAS points by doing another level 3 course at a college, such as A levels or a one year BTEC course then reapply via UCAS next year or increase your employability skills by getting a job or apprenticeship.
C&K Careers advisers are available on results day - Thursday 17 August - in most school sixth forms and colleges or you can contact one of our centres or the Infoline - see below
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