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News: A Lev­el results not what you expected?

Student disappointed with their exam results.
Student disappointed with their exam results.

Although A Lev­el results day is a time for cel­e­bra­tion, we know that it can be a real­ly stress­ful time if you didn’t get the results you we were expecting.

But no mat­ter what your results are, if you’re will­ing to take action there is a course or train­ing option out there to suit you. Not­ting­ham Col­lege has lots of options includ­ing uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el cours­es such as foun­da­tion degrees, HNDs and top-up degrees, or you could earn while you learn with an apprenticeship. 

Here are four ways to help find an alter­na­tive course:

1. Stay calm

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If you’ve already applied but have been left with­out a place on a high­er edu­ca­tion course, or have decid­ed at the last minute that you wish you’d applied, don’t pan­ic. Take a few min­utes to think things through then get some expert advice. 

2. Get up and get going

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First­ly, if you’ve not quite made the grades but were hold­ing a con­di­tion­al uni offer, check UCAS Track. Your firm choice col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty may still allow you onto the course, or you may be able to go with your insur­ance choice. The UCAS web­site can tell you exact­ly how to check and you can also con­tact the uni­ver­si­ties that have made you an offer. 

  • If you’ve done bet­ter than expect­ed – well done! In that case, you might be eli­gi­ble for UCAS Adjust­ment if you’d like to con­sid­er an alter­na­tive course.

3. Get organised

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If you have decid­ed at this point that uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el study is still what you want to do make sure you have your UCAS Per­son­al ID to hand. You’ll need this when con­tact­ing the uni or col­lege that offers the course you want. 

There are still places avail­able at Not­ting­ham Col­lege for uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el cours­es start­ing in Sep­tem­ber. You can vis­it our clear­ing pages or call the clear­ing hot­line on 0115 838 0610

If you are look­ing fur­ther afield then you can search all avail­able cours­es on UCAS Clear­ing search or, if you already know where you want to study head to their web­site and search for the course you want to study. (Places at this stage of Clear­ing can fill up quick­ly so uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges will expect you to have a spe­cif­ic course in mind when you ring up.) 

It’s impor­tant that you make the phone calls your­self, as they will want to chat to you about your qual­i­fi­ca­tions and inter­est in the course. 

4. Consider all your options

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If, after care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion you decide you’d like an alter­na­tive to uni, there are loads of oth­er options available! 

Have you con­sid­ered, for example: 

A foun­da­tion degree or High­er Nation­al Diplo­ma (HND)?

  • These can be a great path­way to a career but are also full uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el qual­i­fi­ca­tions in their own right. They often have small­er class sizes, with fees typ­i­cal­ly low­er than unis. If you choose, you can then usu­al­ly go on to top up your qual­i­fi­ca­tion to a full under­grad­u­ate degree (with fur­ther study on a rel­e­vant course). 
  • At Not­ting­ham Col­lege we also offer top-up degrees in a range of sub­jects, so after com­plet­ing a foun­da­tion degree, you could choose to stay on and top-up to a full hon­ours degree right here. If you’re inter­est­ed, check our Clear­ing vacancies.
  • You can vis­it our course pages.

An appren­tice­ship

      • Becom­ing an appren­tice means you’ll get you direct expe­ri­ence in the indus­try you want to work in and pay a wage, all while work­ing towards a recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion. If you do well you could even progress to a high­er appren­tice­ship, which involves degree-lev­el study.
      • Find out more on our appren­tice­ship pages.


      • You could choose to approach a col­lege or sixth form that offers resits. You could then use the time to also get a part-time job or work expe­ri­ence to boost your CV and UCAS appli­ca­tion for next year.
      Published on:
      • 10th August 2022 (9:00 AM)
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