A-level results: understanding your options

By on 13/08/2015 in Blog, Cllr Holbrook

Cllr Penny HolbrookCouncillor Penny Holbrook, Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and Culture at Birmingham City Council, looks at the options open to those receiving their A-level results today.

Today is a hugely important day for thousands of students across Birmingham as they open their eagerly awaited A-level results.

Congratulations to those of you who achieved the grades you needed to go on to the university of your choice and, of course, all the best in your future studies and chosen career path.

If your results weren’t quite what you were hoping for then don’t worry – there are still plenty of options open to you and it doesn’t mean you can’t go to university or get the job you want.

Firstly, it is worth contacting the universities which made you offers to see if those offers are still open. Another option is to go through clearing or, alternatively, you may wish to resit your exams.

Some companies offer sponsored degrees where they pay for you to study at university while also providing work experience and training – with a job for you at the end.

Alternatively, you may have decided university is not for you. There are many careers which do not require a university degree, instead requiring an apprenticeship or other on-the-job training. You may already have a career in mind or you may still be undecided and want to find out more about your options.

Whatever your situation, it is important to ensure you get the right advice before making any decisions about your future. If you are unsure of your options or where to turn for help then the following may be of use:

  • The UCAS Exam Results Helpline is a good port of call for independent, expert advice on the various options available to you with regard to university if you didn’t get the grades you needed – or even if you did, but aren’t sure of your next move. It can be contacted on 0808 100 8000.
  • Alternatively, Birmingham Careers Service is a free and friendly support service providing information, advice and guidance on careers, training and education to young people aged 16 to 19. The service can be contacted on 0121 675 6105. This service is offered as part of our commitment to the Birmingham Youth Promise.
  • It is also worth remembering that Birmingham’s libraries have a wide range of resources relating to learning, careers and job hunting, for loan, reference and self-study. Our staff are knowledgeable on the resources available if you’re not too sure what you’re looking for, so don’t be afraid to ask.


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