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A Level Results Day

Hopefully you’ve got all the grades you want and need to take your chosen next step, but sometimes this isn’t always the case. If you’ve not got the results you were hoping for and you’re not sure what your options are now, don’t panic, there are often other options that lead to the same career!


If you achieved the grades you need for your chosen universities, congratulations! You can track your application in UCAS. If you meet your Firm choice then the university will confirm your place in Track. If you don’t meet your Firm choice but do meet the Insurance then that offer will be confirmed by the university in Track. If you just miss both offers it’s worth ringing the university, as they will often still accept you. If you’re unsure of what your results mean visit the UCAS website.  

Even if you didn’t get the grades you needed for your chosen course and university, you may still be able to go! Clearing allows you to find courses that are similar to the one you originally applied for or the same course at a different university that either has lower grade boundaries or spaces to fill.

Alternatively, you could complete a foundation degree before going onto university. There are foundation degrees in a wide range of subjects and you can search for courses through UCAS here.

If you do better than you expected, you can use Adjustment  to choose a different course. You can still keep your original university offer while you search for an alternative course so if you don’t find anything you like you can still undertake the original course!

Go into full-time/part-time work

If furthering your education isn’t something you would like to do, you can always take the step into work either full-time or part-time. You can find jobs through online job search websites such as Indeed or with Universal Jobmatch, going into businesses and handing in your CV, looking through newspapers and on notice boards in supermarkets etc.


If you don’t feel ready for full-time work or university then an apprenticeship may be right for you. With an apprenticeship you can study in a specialised field, gain qualifications and earn a salary at the same time.

There may be certain requirements for you to be able to get the apprenticeship that you want. If you browse thegovernment website with apprenticeship vacancies you can find out if there are any requirements and apply to apprenticeships that appeal to you.

Gap Year

If you would prefer to take a break before you continue your education or start job searching, a gap year could be for you. There are dozens of websites online that put together trips all across the world, so it may benefit you to have a look at websites to get started on your plans.

Before you decide…

Make sure you research all your options in depth and find out:

  • What the option involves
  • Whether it leads to the career you want
  • Costs involved such as books, equipment or uniform
  • And most importantly if it will make you happy!

Ansbury Careers Advice

If you can’t decide, would like more information on your options or just want general guidance, check if there is an Ansbury Careers Advisers working in your school/college.

There will also be school staff and possibly Ansbury staff in schools on results day to help you with any queries.

Contact Ansbury on 0800 358 3888 to book an appointment or use Adviser Online to speak to an adviser.