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It's not too late to look at your options

Monday 17 August 2015, UCAS advice

by Exam Results Helpline

It's not too late to look at your options

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With GCSE results day just around the corner, it’s not too late to look at the options available to you afterwards. You might start thinking about changing your course or, if your results aren’t what you were expecting, looking at other options. There are lots of courses and programmes to choose from, everything from A levels and BTECs, to apprenticeships and traineeships.
 

Need a different option?

So what happens if you don’t get the grades you need to do your chosen course? It doesn’t mean you can’t progress as you’d hoped. Speak to the school or college you’ve applied to as they may still accept you. If they can’t, they may offer an alternative programme or even suggest a programme at another school or college. If you’re offered a different option, it’s important to think this through carefully as you need to choose the right path for you. 
 

Don’t panic – find out what’s available in our search tool

It’s important to do plenty of research into your options and what’s available. Then when you’re ready look in our search tool, where you can find out all about the different courses in your area, and their entry requirements. If any of the entry requirements don’t seem clear or don’t include your qualifications, speak to the school, college or training provider for more information. 
 

There are many other factors to help you choose your next steps – check out the top five places to do research.
 

Have you considered an apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you have a strong desire for a particular profession you could always look at apprenticeships and traineeships. Both give you an insight of what it’s like to work for an employer, but in different ways.
 

Apprenticeships last between one to three years, and give you the opportunity to earn while you learn with an employer. You can read more about apprenticeships on our website or get the views of award winning apprentice, Lucy Ackland, in this inspiring blog post.
 

Traineeships can prepare you for a future career, and last between six weeks and six months. Exactly what it involves will be tailored to your individual needs. Read our advice to see if it’s the right fit for you.
 

Getting support

If you’re worried about your results, then your teachers are there to help. They’ll have lots of experience in speaking to students in your situation so don’t be afraid to ask them questions! Also, speak to the school or college you've applied to. They'll be able to talk through your options and might be able to suggest options you didn't think were available.
 

Your family and friends will want the best for you and know you better than anyone else. Talk through your options with them to see what advice they can offer. 

For free, independent advice, give the Exam Results Helpline call on 0808 100 8000. You can also speak to them on Facebook and Twitter.

Not sure where else you can get help? We have lots of advice on our website.