If you haven't found the place you're looking for, or you've changed your mind about going to university or college this year, there are plenty of options that can help you improve your knowledge and learn new skills or just give you a well-deserved break.
There are more courses available than just full-time higher education courses, so you could consider studying something or somewhere different. We've broken down the options into five career paths - click the links below.
Part-time courses could be a good option - you could get a part-time job alongside it. For these courses, you apply direct to the university or college where you'd be studying. Part-time students can now apply online for student finance. Find out more.
Foundation degrees are another option - you can study full-time or part-time and might find a similar subject to what you originally wanted to study. Search for full-time courses in Course Search or use the foundation degree course search to see what other study options are on offer.
If you're planning to reapply for higher education it's worth taking part in something that will help you get accepted onto a course. For example, if you're hoping to study medicine, try to get some work experience at a local surgery or hospital. If you would like to study a language, visit the country and practice your skills.
Having some experience to put on your UCAS application will help you get ahead of the competition.
You could consider studying in a different country.
If you'd like to start university or college next year, you'll need to reapply (we can't reuse an application from a previous year). Go to the Apply page to register.
Taking a gap year can be a great experience and one which helps you get the skills you need for higher education. Gap years cover loads of options, from travelling abroad to work or volunteer, retaking qualifications, or learning something new that hasn't been an option before.
Whatever you choose, check that you can afford it and get plenty of advice before you decide. There are lots of sites to help you choose your gap year so search for what you're interested in.
Apprenticeships are available for lots of different careers. With an Apprenticeship you can earn money while you're learning and gain recognised qualifications.
Whether you're looking for some work experience before going to university or a permanent job, you can get advice from these companies.
If you decide to start your own business, these organisations may be able to help you: