It’s D-Day for A-level students and although we hope you’ll all be celebrating, we know they’ll be a few of you who didn’t quite get the grades you were anticipating.
If you fall into the latter category, don’t worry. Bad A-Level results don’t mean you’re destined for a life of limited career prospects. You have plenty of other options – whether that’s re-sitting your exams next year or pursuing an apprenticeship or vocational training.
It’s important to remember that getting a great job at a great company doesn’t necessarily require a university degree.
Now is not the time to wallow in a spiral of self-pity and ice-cream – here’s some practical advice on what you can do instead.
Check UCAS Track
If you were close to achieving the required grades, you may still get accepted. Or you may be offered a place on a different course.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely you will be able to change the outcome if your chosen university rejects your application. Phone calls and emails begging to be accepted won’t get you very far so save your energy.
However, if your status hasn’t been updated, you may potentially bag a place at one of your choices so this is worth a call to plead your case.
Apply for your papers to be remarked
One option is to request for your paper to be remarked. To do this, you’ll have to speak with your tutor and pay a fee which will only be refunded if your grade changes.
You should start this process as soon as possible if you’re counting on a grade to secure your place at university.
Keep in mind though, remarking your paper could also result in your grade going down instead of up.
Find a course through Clearing
Clearing is a process that allows you to apply for university places that haven’t been filled in the first round of applications. This may mean that you have to go to a university which wasn’t on your preferred list or do a course that wasn’t your first choice.
If you’re not too concerned about which university you go to or there were a few different courses you were interested in, this could be a great option for you.
You can use the UCAS search tool to find courses you want to apply for and then contact the university directly to see if they’re willing to give you a place.
Re-sit your A Levels
You may decide that the best option is to re-sit your A-levels to get another chance at bagging those grades. You can re-sit the course at school, sixth form or college.
Another option is to enrol in an online course which will let you study from anywhere, as long as you have a WiFi connection. You’ll still sit the exam in person and hopefully get the results you’re after.
Take a gap year
If you missed out on your dream course or couldn’t find anything that appealed to you in Clearing, a gap year can be a great way to get some work experience and see the world.
You could apply for volunteer schemes (which will look good on the old CV) or even make some cash teaching English abroad. There’s many ways to expand your mind, skill set and income whilst escaping the Island and making your mates jealous by Snapchatting your adventures.
Get a professional or vocational qualification
Professional and vocational qualifications offer a more straightforward career path into certain professions.
Many industries place a higher value on professional qualifications rather than degrees so you can still become a leader in your field without going to university. Some of these qualifications can be done online so you have the flexibility to study at times that suit you.
Become an Apprentice
Apprenticeships are a great way to kick off your career. You’ll get to study for a qualification and get real on-the-job experience at the same time.
The more experience you have in any industry, the higher your pay will be. So although your pay may be low to start with, it won’t stay that way for long. Rather than taking an online course to learn new skills or going to University, you can avoid getting into debt by getting paid while you train.
There are trainee roles or apprenticeships available in most industries, so whether you’re hankering after a career in finance, marketing or construction, there’s something for everyone.
As you can see, there are many options and paths to consider if you didn’t get the grades you’d set your heart on. Although we can’t help you re-sit your exams, we can help you find a kick-ass job.
We have a huge variety of job vacancies waiting for the right candidate – many of who are looking for somebody who can be trained on the job and who understand that A-level grades aren’t the be all and end all. Take a look online or give the friendly team at Ambitions a call on 614841.