What to do if you do not get your grades

20 June 2017 | University Advice | Thomas Peacock

It’s A-Level results day. And all being well, you’ll have the grades you need for your course, and will be ready to take your next step in your academic career.

But what if you don’t get the grades you’re expecting? What do you need to do on results day on this occasion?

The first thing to remember is that you have plenty of options in front of you. Read this handy guide of everything you need to know, so that you’re prepared for your next step.

1. Check UCAS Track at around 8am on results day. If you have not been accepted into your first choice, stay calm and head into school or college to find out what your results are.

2. If you have just missed your grades by a few UMS marks, it could be worth appealing to your first choice. If this is the case, contact the university and discuss this with them as soon as lines open.

3. If your first choice will not accept your lower grades, you have the opportunity to accept your insurance choice. If you’ve met these requirements – job done – your UCAS Track will update soon.

4. If you still want to go to university – and don’t want to re-sit, or take a year out – you have the choice to go into Clearing.

5. Clearing runs from results day to 9 September, and you will be entered automatically if you didn’t get the grades for your first and insurance choices. It allows you to browse university courses that are up for grabs.

6. Talk through with your teachers or advisers and see what they recommend. If you originally only applied for one course at the reduced £12 fee, you’ll have to pay the additional £11 to allow you to apply for multiple courses through Clearing.

7. Search through the Clearing vacancies on the UCAS website, or on your chosen university’s site. How do you choose a UCAS Clearing course that will keep you on-track for the career of your dreams? Use our guide below…

8. Make a shortlist and get calling. Be professional and tell them why they should offer you a place on their course – you’ll also need to provide them with your results and UCAS ID. Keep trying until you are successful.

9. When the university you’re talking to accepts, you’ll get a letter or online notification. You’re officially going to university.

10. Relax, pat yourself on the back, and celebrate!

Guide to choosing a Clearing course

Accounting

  • Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Accounting Qualification
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA)
  • Certified Accounting Technician qualification (CAT)
  • AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping

Acting

  • Drama
  • DancePerforming Arts

Advertising

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Management
  • Communications
  • English
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising Design
  • Illustration
  • Fine Art

Aerospace Engineering

  • Other engineering courses, including:
  • Software engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Air Cabin Crew

  • Hospitality management
  • Language
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Travel

Archaeologist

  • Archaeology
  • Ancient History
  • Geography
  • History
  • Sociology

Barrister

  • Law Degree

Broadcast Journalist

  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Politics

Building Surveyor

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Urban and land studies

Call Centre Worker

  • Business
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Languages
  • Computer science
  • Engineering

Charity Worker

  • Business
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Languages
  • Computer science
  • Engineering

Dance

  • Ballet
  • Musical Theatre
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Commercial Dance
  • Street

Dietician

  • Life Sciences
  • Human Phsyiology
  • Biochemistry

Digital Marketing

  • Advertising
  • Media Studies
  • Communications
  • Business
  • Creative design
  • E-business
  • Journalism
  • Marketing 

Ecologist

  • Life sciences
  • Biology (specialising in ecology)
  • Botany
  • Conversation biology
  • Environmental biology
  • Environmental management
  • Geography
  • Marine biology
  • Zoology

Economist

  • Economics with finance
  • Economics with law
  • Economics with management studies
  • Economics with mathematics
  • Economics with politics
  • International economics

Environmental Worker

  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Geology or Environmental Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology 

Estate Agent

  • Business
  • Estate Management
  • Property Development
  • Surveying
  • Urban and Land Studies

Events

  • Business
  • Event Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Catering Management
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Marketing

Facilities Manager

  • Building Management
  • Business Studies
  • Construction
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Facilities Management
  • Hospitality
  • Management
  • Surveying
  • Property

Farm Manager

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Crop Management
  • Harm Business Management
  • Horticulture
  • Land or Estate Management

Fashion Designer

  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Knitwear
  • Graphic Design
  • Clothing Technology
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Art and Design

Firefighter

  • BSc (Hons) Fire and Leadership Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue

Forensic Scientist

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Forensic

Furniture Designer

  • Furniture Design
  • Furniture Studies
  • Product and Furniture Design
  • Furniture Design and Making
  • Art and Design
  • 3D Design
  • Spatial Design
  • Ceramics and Glass
  • Furniture Technology
  • Product Design

Games Developer

  • Animation
  • Comouter Games Development
  • Comouter science
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Mathematics
  • Multimedia Design
  • Phsyics
  • Software Engineering

GP

  • Medicine
  • General Practice Training

Graphic Designer

  • 3D Design
  • Communications Design
  • Film/Television
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Visual Art

Health and Safety

  • Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Food Technology
  • Physical and Applied Sciences

Heritage

  • Administration
  • Archaeology
  • Countryside or Estate Management
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Heritage
  • Museum Studies
  • History
  • Library and information Services
  • Marketing

Hotel Management

  • Business with Languages
  • Business
  • Management
  • Hotel and Hospitality
  • Travel
  • Tourism
  • Leisure Studies

Human Resources

  • Business with Languages
  • Business
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Psychology
  • Social Administration

Illustrator

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Fine Art
  • Visual Art
  • Fashion
  • Printmaking

Insurance

  • Business
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Interpreter

  • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Interpreting
  • Deaf Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Translation and interpreting

IT

  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Engineering

Magazine/Newspaper Journalist

  • Journalism
  • English

Make-up Artist

  • Fashion
  • Theatrical and Media Hair and Make-ip
  • Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics
  • Mediam Make-Uup and Character Design
  • Media Make-Up and Special Effects

Marketing

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Management
  • Communications
  • IT
  • Computer Science
  • Marketing
  • Psychology

Museums

  • History
  • History of Art
  • Languages
  • English Literature

Nutrition

  • Dietetics
  • Food, Nutrition and Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition

Office Manager

  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Public Administration

Paramedic

  • Paramedic Science
  • Study While Working

Pharmacologist

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology

Photographer

  • Art and Design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Fine Art
  • Graphics
  • Media Studies
  • Photography

Primary School Teacher

  • Bachelor of Education (BED)
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Teaching Qualification (TQ)

Production Manager

  • Biochemistry
  • Business
  • Management
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Material Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics 
  • Process Engineering
  • Transport
  • Distribution
  • Logisitics

Public Relations

  • English
  • Creative Writing 
  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Social Sciences
  • Politics

Publishing

  • Publishing 
  • Publishing Studies
  • Media
  • Electronic Media

Quantity Surveyor

  • Building
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Urban and Land Studies

Retail

  • Retail
  • Business

Sales

  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Computing 
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Media Studies

Secondary School Teacher

  • Bachelor of Education (BED)
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Teaching Qualification (TQ)

Social Work

  • Legal Studies
  • Politics
  • Government
  • Public Administration
  • Social Care
  • Social Sciences

Sports

  • Health Science
  • Sport Coaching
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Science

Statistics

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Medical Statistics
  • Public Health

Theatre

  • Drama
  • Theatre Studies
  • Theatre Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Stage Management
  • Performing Arts
  • Music

Tourism

  • Tourism Management
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Management
  • Journalism
  • Modern Language
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • European Studies
  • Urban and Rural Regeneration

Translation

  • Business with Languages
  • Law with Languages
  • Modern European and Non-European Languages
  • Science with Languages
  • Translation Studies with Languages

Web Design

  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media Production
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technology
  • Multimedia Web Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Design

Writing

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • English and Literature Studies
  • Journalism
  • Performing Arts
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