A-level results 2020

Published: 11 August 2020

Last Updated: 11 August 2020

We know it's an anxious time if you're waiting for your A-level results, especially if you don't know what you want to do next. 

Whatever happens, don’t panic. There are lots of options available to you in the NHS through a variety of routes. 

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Take a look at the ideas below to help you decide. 


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. You can also get tips on making the most from Clearing Plus, a new tool to help you find your ideal course. 

Our university courses offer high graduate employment, fantastic career prospects and the chance to make a difference to people's lives. With 5,000 extra places this year, you'll find many vacancies in Clearing at universities across the country. These are just some of the courses on offer:

You'll also receive financial support from the NHS for many of these degrees including a £5,000 annual payment. Find out more.

Alternatives to university

How about an NHS apprenticeship? It offers the chance to earn while you learn and excellent job and career propsects after you finish. 

Most NHS apprenticeships are advertised on NHS Jobs and you can find some current vacancies at the bottom of this page. 

Gap year

You could take a year out to try something new, travel, take a break from education and consider your options. 

If you need to try and improve your grades, you could sit exams in the autumn series in one or more of your subjects.

Combining your options

You could combine a couple of options, such as sitting A-level exams in the autumn series and working part time or volunteering at the same time.

Don’t panic if your results weren't as you expected them to be.

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