What to do with disappointing A level results?

Greene’s Academic Director, Christpher Upton, shares his advice for what to do if you’ve not achieved what you hoped for in your A level examinations.

If you are like many others who have taken their A levels and results day did not give you the good news you hoped for – don’t panic!  While feeling disappointed is understandable, it is also important to start thinking about your next step and what your options are – and to remember, that you do have options.

Here are the top three things to think about if you haven’t achieved the results you had hoped for:

1. Consider your A level retake options:  Many universities accept applications from students retaking their A levels.  Retakes can even signify to the university that you are motivated to achieve the highest grades and have a determined attitude.  To plan your retake strategy first make sure that you fully understand your A level results; and, second, carefully rethink your university entrance strategy.  Use the A level retake calculator to help with developing a good understanding of your A level results.  Reapplying to university is also a good opportunity to reconsider where you would like to study, which courses to apply for and what the entry requirements are – seek advice but do your own research, visit prospective universities and – above all – be thorough.

2. Strengthen and widen your academic base:  Explore your interests academically by reading widely, completing additional research, essay or project work, attending public lectures and talks or looking into taster courses.  Universities value students with experience beyond the A level syllabus and a demonstrable commitment to their chosen field.  Have a look at these websites for ideas as to what is possible and available: www.london.ac.uk/tasters and http://interestingtalks.in/Oxford/

3. Organise relevant work experience:  Combining retaking your A levels with relevant work experience gives you the benefit of both exploring different career paths and building up your CV.  Work experience demonstrates your work ethic and will help prove your commitment to future employers and universities.  Websites like www.work-experience.org can help get you started.

There are also numerous opportunities to volunteer or gain work experience abroad and the following websites have plenty of ideas:




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Posted on: August 17th, 2012 | Categories: Education, Tutor Articles, Upcoming courses