Exam results 2018

If you’ve recently received your A-level results, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll do next. 

Don’t panic if your results weren’t as you were expecting them to be.

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You have a number of options you can consider depending on your results, including:

The availability of apprenticeship vacancies depends on where you live, so check out the National Apprenticeships and NHS Jobs websites (see below).

Combining your options

You could combine a couple of options, such as re-taking some A-levels and working part-time or volunteering at the same time.


*Clearing is available from July to September each year and when you can see which university courses have places remaining. You can use Clearing if you:

The UCAS website explains how to use clearing and there are lots of FAQs there too. And make sure you #KnowAboutNursing and the allied health professions

Where can I get more help about my options?

Your school or 6th form college – to discuss re-taking A-levels and other options, including getting into university.

UCAS Exam Results Helpline – 0808 100 8000 – to help you make decisions about college, university, and other education choices (including Confirmation, Clearing, and Adjustment); skills, qualifications, and subject choices, general information about resits and re-marks; gap years; vocational learning routes including diplomas, apprenticeships, and NVQs; careers and employment and funding.

National Apprenticeship Service – visit the Find an apprenticeship website to find out about apprenticeships, what they involve, what you can get out of them and to search for apprenticeship vacancies.

National Careers Service – 0800 100 900 or web-chat online via the National Careers Service website for further help and support and you can speak to an impartial adviser from 8am to 10pm daily.

NHS Jobs – visit the NHS Jobs website to search for job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS.

Health Careers – contact us on 0345 60 60 655 or email advice@healthcareers.nhs.uk to find out more about career options in the health sector or visit the other sections of the Health Careers website.

Good luck!

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