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A Level Results – Good or Bad – What Next?

Are you getting your A-Level results this week? Have your anxiety levels reached an all time high as you await the conclusion of two years work at school or college?

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Whether your results are better or worse than you expected, Meic is here to help with some advice. We’ll be taking a look at what your University options are if your results are different to what you expected. We’ll discuss resits, look at options other than Uni, and look at where to get support.

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Going to University?

Your chosen university will get your results from UCAS, who automatically get them from the exam board. But your results might be better or worse than you were expecting, so you might want to think about different options.

Perhaps there was a course that you wanted to do but didn’t apply for because you didn’t think you’d get the grades. If you’ve done better than you expected and want to consider swapping courses then check out the UCAS Adjustment service.

Things didn’t go as well as planned? Then you should still contact your chosen college or University to see if you can get a place. If not, and you still want to go to University then you can go through UCAS clearing and see what other courses or Universities are open to you.

If you’ve really set your heart on a specific career and need to study for a particular degree to achieve it, then you might want to consider resits. A Levels can only be sat once a year. You’ll have to wait until next June to sit them again. Check out the advice on Exam Resits on The Mix.

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Consider other options

University isn’t your only option. Perhaps you got the grades you needed but you’ve changed your mind about University. Maybe you didn’t get the grades you needed to do the course you wanted. Take a look at your other options like an apprenticeship, Jobs Growth Wales or employment. A good place to start would be to make an appointment with a Careers Advisor to discuss what the best options are for you. Check out the Working Wales website which looks at options like apprenticeships, working, starting your own business. Careers Wales have a Where Now? section on their website looking at all the options that are open to you after your exams.

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Don’t let it get you down

Ok, so things may not have gone the way you wanted them to, but don’t let this beat you. Make a decision to move on from this and look towards the future with a positive frame of mind. Be proactive in making decisions about what to do next rather than getting depressed about how bad things have gone. It might feel like the end of the world now but you are in control of what happens next. Check out some of these calming pages to help you relax.

Contact Meic

If you’re really struggling to come to terms with it, and can’t find a way out of your despair, then contact the Meic helpline by phone, text or Instant Message and chat to one of our friendly advisors. We can help you to figure things out and get you on the right path again.

Meic is an information and advocacy helpline for children and young people aged 0-25 in Wales. We are open 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. You can contact us free on the phone (080880 23456), text message (84001) or online chat.