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A Levels - What are my options?

What are my options?

While we all hope for the best, exam results don't always go the way we'd like them to.

If you're disappointed, here are some things you can do.

If you've applied for uni and your grades aren't high enough, UCAS has some advice.

The first thing you should do is speak to your teacher or adviser. They'll be able to help you explore what options you have and understand your next steps. 

You could then:

  • Speak to the university or college: They may be flexible, especially if you only narrowly missed your offer
  • Appeal your grade: You’ll need to discuss this with your school or college – but it shouldn't stop you from researching opportunities in Clearing
  • Apply through Clearing: If you find yourself in Clearing this year, you can use the ‘View matches’ button in your application to see courses we’ve personally matched you to. Or, if you want to apply for something different, you can use our search tool to browse thousands of courses available in Clearing. Find out more about Clearing here.
  • Explore apprenticeships: Earn a salary while you study and have your course fees paid by your employer and the Government. Visit our apprenticeship hub to find out more and look for vacancies
  • Consider your alternative options: Like taking a gap year or going straight into the world of work. We’ve got lots of information about the different options available to you

Information about who to contact in this situation can be found here.

If you didn’t get the grades you wanted, this can be a difficult time.

Remember you are not alone, and there is a lot of support available to help you.

  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed or don’t know what your options are, talk to someone at your school or college if possible.
  • If you need help with understanding the Clearing process, call UCAS on 0371 468 0468 or drop them a message on social media. They can talk you through it and answer any questions you have.
  • Reach out to your university or college if you need help with your application or your transition to higher education. They will be more than happy to help.

There’s also lots of information available online to help:

  • Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity and has lots of information and resources to help. They also have an online hub called Student Space to help you manage the challenges of student life during coronavirus.
  • The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has advice and tips to for managing anxiety and stress during Clearing.
  • Young Minds has advice for young people who are disappointed with their exam results.
  • Access free, safe, and anonymous mental health support online (providing NHS services) through Kooth – find out what support is available for you.