Options after A level, vocational, technical or other level 3 results

If you did not get the grades you needed

If your grades were not what you were expecting, you still have plenty of options to choose from. Learn about all your options at 18.

Visit the UCAS website to see your clearing options.

Apply through clearing

You might be able to improve your grade by taking exams in autumn 2021.

Autumn exams

If your grades were higher than expected

You may be able to apply for a different course or university through the UCAS adjustment service.

Different course or university
! WarningDiscuss your options with your school or college

If you need to rethink your next steps, you still have lots of different options to choose from. You can speak to your school or college to decide your next step or visit GOV.UK to learn what to do if you think your grade is wrong.

Speak to an adviser

If you need help or advice around your exam results and next steps, you can call us on 0800 100 900 or use webchat

How your grades were calculated

This year, teachers received detailed guidance from exam boards to support them with calculating students’ grades. This means that your teacher was able to calculate your grade using a number of different types of evidence, including mock exams, coursework, essays or in-class tests.

If you want to know more about how assessment grades work, you can read the Department for Education’s article on what you need to know about grades in 2021.