Although A Level results day is a time for celebration, we know that if you didn’t get the results you we were expecting it can be a really stressful time.
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. Get up and get going
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.
- Sign into UCAS Track
UCAS will be updating records throughout the day on the 15th, you can check full availability updates here; UCAS Track availability updates
- 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.
2. Stay calm
If you’ve already applied but 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. Your school or college staff will be happy to help.
3. Get organised
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.
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
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)?
You can visit our course pages.
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). Find them on the UCAS website or the website of where you want to study.
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.
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.