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Unhappy with your A-level results? Our guide on what you can do next

A level results day can feel like one of the most stressful times of your life. Although it may feel like your entire future hangs on this moment, we can assure you, it’s not the be all and end all.

If you want to carry on studying, go into higher education or reach for the job you’ve always wanted, those options are still open. Some of the most successful people in the world dropped out of school. It’s worth remembering that there are many alternatives, especially in today’s connected world. What’s more, those alternatives may be cheaper and more relevant for you.

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What can I do if I want to carry on studying but I didn’t get the grades to go to a traditional university?

Traditional university may not be the best option for you  when thinking about the career path you’re looking to follow. Recently it has been exposed that most digital careers don’t require a degree. If you’re looking into digital marketing, web development, design or IT – most courses can be studied remotely, online and for a much smaller outlay than a traditional degree

Many students launch straight for the phone upon opening A level results that weren’t as good as they had envisioned. However, calling up the clearing line and grabbing any course they offer is not the only option. Until recent years, a degree was the only way to ensure a ticket to the corporate world and impressive graduate schemes. Statistically, a degree may give you access to a higher salary but it comes with own costs, debt and 3 years of study.

I’m worried that my options are limited due to my low a-level grades, what are my options?

If A level results day came with a sigh of disappointment, consider this. There are loads of options out there for you. In fact, we’ve never been less limited when it comes to post A-level options.

Online learning

Digital courses have seen an exponential rise in popularity in recent years, even threatening to replace university altogether. Globally recognised courses open doors and lead into jobs with huge names such as Jaguar Land Rover, VISA, Virgin and the MOD. Technology, project management and digital marketing are popular course options, allowing you to earn whilst you learn at your own pace.

The average university student leaves education with £50,000 of debt. Online learning providers, like Learning People, are regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority), offer a student discount card and provide flexible payment options to suit your current financial situation.  Although graduates earn a marginal amount more than non-graduates, they have to wrestle a lifetime of debt; a struggle that online learners don’t have to worry themselves with.

Finally, entry requirements for university can be incredibly strict. Digital courses don’t have the same restrictions. You have to be self-motivated to complete an online qualification, previous grades don’t matter so much. In order to succeed, the course coordinators simply need to see motivation, discipline and a willingness to complete the course. In return, you receive dedicated support, a community of like-minded peers and a life-changing qualification that could upskill you into your dream role.

In the digital age, we aren’t restricted when it comes to education. If your A-level results weren’t what you’d hoped for, it’s no reason to be unhappy. In fact, with all the options available to you, it could be a great excuse to go and try something you’ve always wanted to explore. There remains a huge skills gap in the tech workforce, guaranteeing you an awesome job at the end of your studies. Ground-breaking industries are always looking for innovative new talent and with help from our career consultants, that could be you.