A-level results: What are your options if you’re disappointed with your results?

18 August, 2016

If you are disappointed with your results, there’s no need to worry because there are many options to choose from and the world can still be your oyster.

Have you considered an apprenticeship? Many young people now go straight into an apprenticeship; ones who have achieved just as high grades as potential university candidates, so this is no second rate option. This is a great alternative to the university route as you gain work experience and a nationally recognised qualification in the industry of your choice. They provide you with transferable skills that will help with your career and strengthen your CV for future job opportunities. You will be paid (the government minimum wage for apprentices) whilst you study and you wont have to worry about tuition fees or debt at the end of your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships can be as short a period as one year, which is a small sacrifice to make to get on to the career ladder.

Your results may not be what you need for university but if they are still good and you also have 5 GCSE’s (grades A*-C) you could look into a higher apprenticeship. This is just like other apprenticeships but the qualifications you earn will be at the same level as higher education.

If you have your heart set on university though, you can get there a different way. Some universities will have spaces left on their courses that they need to fill. This is called clearing and last year this process helped over 55,000 students in the UK who didn’t achieve the right grades find a place at University. However, spaces go quickly so you would need to apply as soon as possible!

Another way you may be able to get into university is a sponsored degree. You will study for a degree, gain valuable work experience and you will also be paid while you study. At the end of your degree you will have no student loans as the company that you have been working for covers the costs. You will also have a very good chance of being kept on for a permanent position.

There is also the option to re-sit your exams, this is usually the last thing people want to consider but if you feel like you could’ve worked a lot harder and spent more time studying then this could be worthwhile. We recommend you talk to your teachers first so you can really explore all of your options before committing to resitting your exams.

If you think an apprenticeship could be right for you, we specialise in apprenticeships within IT, Social Media and Business Administration. We deliver excellent training and would love to hear from you! You can email us at futuretalent@integrityft.co.uk or call 01226 720775.

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