Explore your work and study options
Traineeships can be a helpful way to build skills before starting an apprenticeship or finding a job.
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.
If your grades were higher than expected
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.
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.