Advice for those getting exam results

Councillor Jayne Francis, cabinet member for education, skills and culture, talks about options for those getting their exam results.

Thousands of students across Birmingham will today be getting their exam results.

Congratulations to everyone for all your hard work. Many of you will be heading to the university, training or job that you hoped for, while others who didn’t get quite the results they hoped for may be unsure about what to do next.

I know it is easy to say but try not to worry; there are still plenty of options open to you and you may still be able to go to university or get the job you want.

It is always wise to contact universities that gave you offers to see if they are still open to you. Another option is to go through clearing or resit your exams.

Alternatively, you may have decided that university is not for you. That’s fine; there are many careers that don’t require a degree, with companies instead preferring apprenticeships or on-the-job training. There will of course be many of you who are yet to decide on your career trajectory and are interested in what options are out there.

Whatever your situation, don’t rush a decision and make sure you get the best advice. If you are not sure, the following may be of use:

  • The UCAS Exam Results Helpline is a good port of call for independent, expert advice on the various options available to you with regard to university if you didn’t get the grades you needed – or even if you did, but aren’t sure of your next move. It can be contacted on 0808 100 8000.
  • Alternatively, Birmingham Careers Service is a free and friendly support service providing information, advice and guidance on careers, training and education to young people aged 16 to 19. The service can be contacted on 0121 675 6105. This service is offered as part of our Youth Promise Plus project – delivering our commitment to supporting young people aged 16 – 29 to achieve their career aims. Visit
  • It is also worth remembering that Birmingham’s libraries have a wide range of resources relating to learning, careers and job hunting, for loan, reference and self-study. Our staff are knowledgeable on the resources available if you’re not too sure what you’re looking for, so don’t be afraid to ask.

This blog was posted on 15 August 2019

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