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Your options if you didn't get the grades you were hoping for


We all know how stressful results day can be. You may already have an idea of what you want to do once you get your results. But what if you don't get the grades you were hoping for?  


Don't worry, there are plenty of options for you.  



Vocational courses 


If you didn't do so well on your exams, perhaps you might want to consider a vocational course. Not all of us are great at exams. Even though you've revised and covered all of the topics that might come up during an exam, on the day sometimes it just doesn't go as you were hoping.  


If this feels like you, vocational courses offer a more practical way of learning. A majority of your course will be assessed through assignments. And with vocational qualifications, you can still progress onto university.  


Although Vocational courses are often compared against A Levels, there are different levels of the vocational courses. Here's the breakdown:  


Levels 1- 2  : GCSE equivalent  


Level 3 : A Level equivalent  


Levels 4-7 : Degree equivalent 


If you haven't passed your English or Maths GCSE, you can always enrol on a vocational course and we can help you retake your GCSE Maths or English alongside your main course to improve your grade. 





If you already know what type of job you would like to have in the future, or if you would like to get some work experience while learning on the job, an apprenticeship could work for you. There is a wide variety of jobs, ranging from construction to engineering, to retail, or ICT, or any type of work, so there are enough options for everyone. Each program is already approved so you will always gain a valid qualification from your apprenticeship. Apprenticeship are on the job qualifications, where you gain experience while studying, which will help make you more employable. 


Course Advisors  


When you are not sure about what you want to do, you can talk to the course advisors at our college. They are always ready to help and will give you advice on our vocational courses and apprenticeships that will suit your vision of what you want to do next. They can tell you about opportunities you may not have known about before and they can help you choose a course based on your results you’ve achieved.