Results Day: We can Help

Publish Date: 15/08/2013

Today is a big day with many of you receiving your AS and A-Level Results. But what happens if you don’t get the results you wanted?

Don’t Panic!

Try not to panic, because there are options open to you. If you do not have the grades for your first-choice university or course, you may get offered a place with your second option. If you still want to go to university, you can try to get a place through Clearing, but most places go within a few days and you will need to act decisively and fast.

What is clearing?

Clearing is a system offered by the university admissions service, Ucas, that finds suitable vacancies on degree courses. If you are flexible and have reasonably good exam results, there is a good chance of finding a course.

You can approach as many universities as you wish during Clearing, so do not feel that you have to accept the first offer.

But what if I don’t want to go to University?

Not everyone goes to university and many who do not go carve out highly successful careers - take Sir Richard Branson or Lord Alan Sugar. Some careers such as accountancy can be pursued with qualifications you study for while working. Apprenticeships are an option, although there can be stiff competition. Vacancies are listed on the National Apprenticeships Service website. Sites such as Not Going to Uni might give you a few ideas.

If you need help with career choices, you can call an adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Worried about coming out?

Whether your off to college, university or starting an apprenticeship or job – it means a new environment and can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are worried about ‘coming out’. Read out coming out guide here which gives you some top tips around the issue.

Off to University?

Stonewall’s Gay by Degree Guide is a fantastic resource to ‘gay friendly’ universities and can give you an idea of where to apply. Click here for more.

Remember, as always We’re Here if You Need Us, so if you need advice and support whatever the issue – call us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email