It can be very disheartening when you don’t get the exam results you were hoping for. However, each year, many thousands of young people receive A-Level results that were less than they expected.
So, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone – and hope is not lost.
Find out if you can resit your exams without having to retake the year. If there were extenuating circumstances which are likely to have impacted on your results, find out if you may be able to retake some of your exams without having to pay the resit fee.
Alternatively, some sixth form/higher education colleges may be willing to accept students onto A-Level courses if they almost meet the criteria (i.e. receiving a Grade C if a course stipulates a B). This may be more likely if the course is undersubscribed.
There are many apprenticeships which only require GCSEs, so your A-Level results will be irrelevant here. An apprenticeship will also give you the chance to gain work experience, achieve a qualification and earn a living simultaneously.
Maybe now’s the right time to ditch the syllabus and broaden your horizons. A gap year of travelling will not only give you a whole new perspective of the world, it could also help boost your confidence and earn you some new skills for the workplace.
Besides GCSEs and A-Levels, there are many other ways to impress a recruiter or a prospective employer. Here are our top CV boosters:
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