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Exam results

If you get unexpected exam results - whether better or worse than expected - here's some information to help you with your planning.


What if I don't get the grades I need for my intended course or a job?

Your first step should be to contact the school/college or employer. If your grades were very close to what you needed, you may still be able to take up your place. You may be able to retake one or two GCSEs alongside studying for a new course or to start a similar course at a different level.
Other options are:

  • choosing a different course - most colleges will accept students onto courses with places until September
  • applying for an Apprenticeship for September
  • Foundation Learning- you may be able to develop your skills for work through a Foundation Learning programme at collegeor with a training provider
  • temporary voluntary work, which can give you more time to think about the future while helping you to gain confidence and skills and it looks great on your CV!
  • going straight into employment instead of further education

What if I do better than expected?

If you already have a college place lined up, it may be possible to change to another course if you get better grades than expected - contact the college for more information.

A Levels

The most comprehensive advice for students who get unexpected A Level results can be found on theGov.UK website.

Information about UCAS Clearing

Got a question?

If you don't know what to do next and need to talk to someone you can send a message to Ask Ali and get an answer posted in our Ask Ali section.

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