A Levels – What are your options?

Hopefully you have got the A level results that you were wanting. If you did then a huge congratulations.

However, if you didn’t get the grades you were expecting or needed, what are you going to do about it. Don’t worry if you did not get the results that you needed there are always options for you. Here are a few for you to consider:



  • Appeal
    If you feel that your paper has been marked incorrectly by the examiner, you can always ask for an appeal. The thing to consider here is that only you know if you put the work in and if this is the right avenue for you to take.
  • Resits
    You can always decide to take your exams again, especially if you were ill, panicked in the exam, or just didn’t work hard enough.
  • Clearing
    If you wanted to go to university or college, but didn’t get the grades, it may still be possible to find a similar course with lower entry requirements. This is known as the Clearing process. Look for courses listed in the newspapers or visit the UCAS website for Scotland.
  • Alternative qualifications
    Study for BTECs, or NVQs, or train with modern apprenticeships or City and Guilds. It’s best to chat with someone at your local careers service. As well as being recognised by employers, some qualifications can count towards your points needed to get into university.
  • Gap year
    Take some time out to work, travel, teach, learn a new language, or volunteer. 
  • Get a job
    This will allow you to get some cash coming in while you decide on your next move. You may even want to consider it as the first rung on your career ladder.



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