Resit your A Levels
You might decide that you’d rather hold off on university and take another crack at getting the results you wanted. You can do this in a couple of different ways.
- Resit the course at school, sixth form or college.
If you want to retake the course in the exact same way, you can enrol to resit at your school. If your school doesn’t offer this option, then they should be able to advise you of local sixth forms or colleges that can accommodate you.
- Resit the course online.
You might decide that you want to work or do some volunteering whilst you study. If that’s the case, you can enrol on an online course which will give you a lot more flexibility as you’re not confined to a classroom and set timetable.
You'll also have a personal tutor to help you if you need some extra help on tricky topics.
This means you can study anywhere you choose, whether that’s in bed in your PJs or out in the garden on a sunny day. As long as you have a WiFi connection, the possibilities are endless.
When it comes time to sit your exam, you'll still sit it at a school or college on the same date as all other students. However, you'll need to book your place yourself at your local school or college - you should aim to do this about 6 months before the exam date.
Take a gap year
There are many reasons why a gap year might be the best option for you and it can be good to take some time out to figure out what you want to do next.
You might have just missed out on your dream course or couldn’t find anything that appealed to you in Clearing. If that's the case, a gap year can be a great way to get some work experience (paid or voluntary) that will enhance your UCAS application when you reapply and show universities that you’re committed and hardworking.
If you feel the pull of travel overseas, it doesn’t have to be all backpacking and full moon parties. You can apply for volunteer schemes or, if you spend some time completing a TEFL course, you can make some cash teaching English abroad. Just be aware that due to visa restrictions there are some countries that need you to have a university degree to be able to teach there.