Support for A-level results day

If you've been waiting for your A-level results and got what you wanted, many congratulations! 

But if things didn't quite go according to plan or you've changed your mind about what you want to do, don't panic. There are many options open to you.

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If your grades are disappointing

You might still get in to do your chosen course, depending on how close your grades are. Contact the universities you hold places for first and see what they say. You can't usually go into UCAS Clearing until the universities you applied to have decided on your application, based on your grades.

UCAS Clearing 

If you don't get onto your chosen course or perhaps you haven't considered university before now and you want to apply for a course through Clearing, again, don't panic. There's still time to do some research first to ensure you make a well-informed decision about any courses. Keep an open mind too; you may find a course to suit you that you hadn't thought of before.  

Visit the UCAS Clearing website to see what's available 

Health degrees and diplomas 

Degree and diploma places starting this September are still available for all sorts of health courses with starting salaries for graduates of £22k up for grabs after graduation. A health-related course and career provides the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives like no other field of work. The Health Careers course finder is the place to find where you can study for a whole host of approved courses in health. 

Nursing and other professions such as podiatry and prosthetics/orthotics all have courses available starting in September. Have a look at the UCAS website as soon as you can to see what's available.  

Getting an apprenticeship or job 

The NHS will be recruiting 100,000 apprenticeships over the next few years. Opportunities will be available in everything from digital marketing and mechanical engineering to pharmacy and maternity services. We also expect more nurse degree apprenticeships to become available over the next 12 months.   
Get more information on the type of apprenticeships available in the NHS and take a look at the NHS Jobs website to see what's on offer right now.    

But don't forget that many of the 350 career opportunities in the NHS don't need a degree or apprenticeship. You might be able to walk straight into a role! It could be in administration or corporate services, clinical support role, or estates.  
Have a look at our Explore roles section and visit the NHS Jobs website to see what is available near you.     

Support and advice 

There are lots of people and places on hand to guide you through the next few days and help you make the best decision for your future.  

  • Talk to your school or 6th form college to discuss re-taking A-levels and other options, including getting into university. 
  • The UCAS Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000 is there 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-marksgap yearsvocational learning routes including diplomas, apprenticeships, and NVQscareers and employment and funding 
  • The National Apprenticeship Service is the place to find out about apprenticeships, what they involve, what you can get out of them and to search for apprenticeship vacancies. 
  • Contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or have a web-chat online. For further help and support, you can speak to an impartial adviser at, every day between 8am and 10pm. 
  • If you've decided to go straight into employment, visit the NHS Jobs website to search for job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS. 
  • And you can call us - Health Careers - too on 0345 60 60 655 or email to find out more about career options in the health sector. We're available on week days between 9am and 5pm.

Good luck!

Whatever you decide, good luck, and #BeTheDifference! 

Alan Simmons  

Careers specialist, Health Careers  



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