If A Level Results Day 2017 turned out to be a disappointment for you, rather than a cause for celebration, try not to panic. Although you may not have achieved the grades you were expecting, this doesn’t have to be the end of the world – you do have some options with A Level resits.
The first thing to do before anything else is to contact university admissions just in case they are not oversubscribed for your course and you can get in any way.
If you had extenuating circumstances that may have hindered your performance during your A levels, there may be exemptions. Universities welcome hearing from students who have had to retake A levels for personal or medical reasons.
If you do find that you are unable to get a place at either your firm or insurance choice, have a read below of what you can do next.
Firstly, try and work out why you failed to make the grades first time round. Be totally honest with yourself – did you prepare really well for your exams or did you leave revision to the last minute?
You have to be sure that the second time around, you will actually be able to make an improvement and that you are capable of obtaining a higher grade – otherwise, it’s a waste of time retaking exams and you’ll just be repeating the same mistakes.
For example, if you tried your absolute best in Physics or Maths but still struggled and turned out a disappointing grade, then perhaps numbers and equations aren’t right for you and you should consider other routes that don’t require such high levels of numerical skill – maybe you’d be better off with an A Level that requires more written work, such as A Level History or A Level English Literature.
Even though time is relatively short to make a decision on A Level resits, it’s important to be wary of accepting something you’re not happy with by panicking, rushing into Clearing, and choosing a course that will make you miserable so you end up dropping out of university. Once you have decided to retake exams, you need to officially decline the university offers you have by 20th September in order to start the process of retaking.
Recent changes to the system mean that A levels can now only be retaken in the summer, usually in June. The option to retake exams in January is no longer available.
No – as long as you approach the situation in the right manner. Declined A level grades are not shown anywhere – only certificated grades will show as your results.
Not at all – you can pay monthly free of charge. Simply put down a deposit of £64.50 per A Level, and spread the rest over 6, 9 or 12 months.
You can find out more about how to enrol with us by using our helpful Enrollment Guide on our Studying page.