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A-level results – understanding your options

Published: Thursday, 18th August 2016

Councillor Brett O’Reilly, cabinet member for jobs and skills, looks at the options open to those getting their A-level results today.

Councillor Brett O'Reilly
Councillor Brett O'Reilly

Today thousands of students across Birmingham will be getting exam results.

Congratulations to all those who achieved the results they wanted for their university of choice.

However, I know there will be some of you whose results weren’t quite what you were hoping for. My advice is, try not to worry, there are plenty options open to you and you may still be able to go to university or get the job you want.

Firstly, it is worth contacting the universities which made you offers to see if those offers are still open. Another option is to go through clearing or, alternatively, you may wish to re-sit your exams.

Some companies offer sponsored degrees where they pay for you to study at university while also providing work experience and training – with a job for you at the end.

Alternatively, you may have decided university is not for you. There are many careers which do not require a university degree, instead requiring an apprenticeship or other on-the-job training, or you may want to consider vocational and technical qualifications. You may already have a career in mind or you may still be undecided and want to find out more about your options.

Whatever your situation, you need to get the best advice and not rush into a decision. If you are unsure of your options the following may be of use:

  • COG – the online portal for young people and employers www.cog-brum.co.uk
  • 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 commitment to the Birmingham Youth Promise.
  • 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.