Northumbria University – What to do if you don’t get your grades

Northumbria University shares its tips and advice with WeAreTheCity readers on what to do if you do not receive the A-Level results you hoped for.

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It’s A-Level results day. And all being well, you’ll have the grades you need for your course, and will be ready to take your next step in your academic career.

But what if you don’t get the grades you’re expecting? What do you need to do on results day on this occasion?

The first thing to remember is that you have plenty of options in front of you. Read this handy guide of everything you need to know, so that you’re prepared for your next step.

1. Check UCAS Track at around 8am on results day. If you have not been accepted into your first choice, stay calm and head into school or college to find out what your results are.

2. If you have just missed your grades by a few UMS marks, it could be worth appealing to your first choice. If this is the case, contact the university and discuss this with them as soon as lines open.

3. If your first choice will not accept your lower grades, you have the opportunity to accept your insurance choice. If you’ve met these requirements – job done – your UCAS Track will update soon.

4. If you still want to go to university – and don’t want to re-sit, or take a year out – you have the choice to go into Clearing.

5. Clearing runs from results day to 9 September, and you will be entered automatically if you didn’t get the grades for your first and insurance choices. It allows you to browse university courses that are up for grabs.

6. Talk through with your teachers or advisers and see what they recommend. If you originally only applied for one course at the reduced £12 fee, you’ll have to pay the additional £11 to allow you to apply for multiple courses through Clearing.

7. Search through the Clearing vacancies on the UCAS website, or on your chosen university’s site. How do you choose a UCAS Clearing course that will keep you on-track for the career of your dreams? Use our guide below…

8. Make a shortlist and get calling. Be professional and tell them why they should offer you a place on their course – you’ll also need to provide them with your results and UCAS ID. Keep trying until you are successful.

9. When the university you’re talking to accepts, you’ll get a letter or online notification. You’re officially going to university.

10. Relax, pat yourself on the back, and celebrate!

Guide to choosing a Clearing course

Career type Degrees to lead you there
Accounting

Association of Accounting Technicians Accounting Qualification

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Certified Accounting Technician qualification (CAT)

AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping

 

 

Acting

Drama

Dance

Performing Arts

Advertising

Advertising

Business Management

Communications

English

Marketing

Communication

Media Studies

Public Relations

Graphic Design

Advertising Design

Illustration

Fine Art

Aerospace Engineering

 

Other engineering courses, including: software engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering

Mathematics

Physics

Air Cabin Crew

Hospitality management

Languages

Leisure and tourism

Travel

Archaeologist

Archaeology

Ancient History

Geography

History

Sociology

 

Barrister

Law Degree

 

Broadcast Journalist

Journalism

Business Finance

Economics

Politics

Building Surveyor

Economics

Geography

Languages

Mathematics

Science

Social sciences

Urban and land studies

Call Centre Worker Business

Management

Finance

Accounting

Languages

Computer science

Engineering

Charity Worker Business

Management

Finance

Accounting

Languages

Computer science

Engineering

Dance Ballet

Musical Theatre

Contemporary

Jazz

Commercial Dance

Street

Dietician Life Sciences

Human Physiology

Biochemistry

Digital Marketing Advertising

Media Studies

Communications

Business

Creative design

E-business

Journalism

Marketing

Ecologist Life sciences

Biology (specialising in ecology)

Botany

Conservation biology

Environmental biology

Environmental management

Geography

Marine biology

Zoology

Economist Economics with finance

Economics with law

Economics with management studies

Economics with mathematics

Economics with politics

International economics

Environmental Worker Chemistry

Ecology

Wildlife Management

Geology or Environmental Engineering

Geography

Geology

Geophysics

Hydrogeology.

Estate Agent

Business

Estate Management

Property Development

Surveying Urban and Land Studies.

Events

Business

Event Management

Hotel Management

Catering Management

Leisure and tourism

Marketing

Facilities Manager

Building Management

Business Studies

Construction

Building Services Engineering

Facilities Management

Hospitality

Management

Surveying

Property

Farm Manager

Agricultural Engineering

Crop Management

Harm Business Management

Horticulture

Land or Estate Management

Fashion Designer

Fashion

Textiles

Knitwear

Graphic Design

Clothing Technology

Fashion Marketing

Art and Design

Firefighter

BSc (Hons) Fire and Leadership Studies at the

BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue

Forensic Scientist

Biological Sciences

Chemistry

Forensic science

Furniture Designer

Furniture Design

Furniture Studies

Product and Furniture Design

Furniture Design and Making

Art and Design

3D Design

Spatial Design

Ceramics and Glass

Furniture Technology

Product Design

Games Developer

Animation

Computer Games Development

Computer science

Graphic Design

Interactive Media

Mathematics

Multimedia Design

Physics

Software Engineering.

GP

Medicine

General Practice Training

Graphic Designer

3d Design

Communication Design

Film/Television

Fine Art

Graphic Design

Illustration

Photography

Visual Art

Health and Safety

Engineering

Environmental Health

Food Technology

Physical And Applied Sciences.

Heritage

Administration

Archaeology

Countryside or Estate Management

Education

Geography

Heritage

Museum Studies

History

Library And Information Services

Marketing

Hotel Management

Business with Languages

Business

Management

Hotel and Hospitality

Travel

Tourism

Leisure Studies.

Human Resources

Business with Languages

Business Management

Human Resources

Psychology

Social Administration

Illustrator

Graphic Design

Illustration

Fine Art

Visual Art

Fashion

Printmaking

Insurance

Business

Management

Economics

Marketing

Mathematics

Statistics

Interpreter

British Sign Language (BSL)

Interpreting

Deaf Studies

Modern Languages

Translation and Interpreting.

IT

Business Studies

Computer Science

Software Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Information Systems

Mathematics

Science

Engineering

Magazine/Newspaper Journalist

Journalism

English

Make-up Artist

Fashion, Theatrical and Media Hair And Make-Up

Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics

Media Make-Up and Character Design

Media Make-Up and Special Effects

Marketing

Advertising

Business

Management

Communications

IT

Computer Science

Marketing

Psychology

Museums

History

History of Art

Languages

English Literature

Nutrition

Dietetics

Food, Nutrition and Health

Public Health Nutrition

Sports Nutrition

Office Manager

Business Administration

Business Management

Computing and Information Technology

Human Resource Management

Management

Public Administration

Paramedic

Paramedic Science

Study While Working

Pharmacologist

Chemistry

Biochemistry

Biology

Biomedical Science

Molecular and Cell Biology

Neuroscience

Pharmacology

Physiology

Toxicology

Photographer

Art and Design

Digital Imaging

Fine Art

Graphics

Media Studies

Photography

Primary School Teacher

Bachelor of Education (BED)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Teaching Qualification (TQ)

Production Manager

Biochemistry

Business

Management

Chemistry

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Food Science

Food Technology

Materials Science

Materials Technology

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Process Engineering

Transport

Distribution

Logistics.

Public Relations

English

Creative Writing

Business Management

Marketing

Social Sciences

Politics

Publishing

Publishing

Publishing Studies

Media

Electronic Media

Quantity Surveyor

Building

Construction

Engineering

Economics

Geography

Mathematics

Urban and Land Studies.

Retail

Retail

Business

Sales

Business

Management

Marketing

Computing

Engineering

Technology

Media Studies

Secondary School Teacher

Bachelor of Education (BED)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Teaching Qualification (TQ)

Social Work

Legal Studies

Politics

Government

Public Administration

Social Care

Social Sciences.

Sports

Health Science

Sport Coaching

Sports Management

Sports Science.

Statistics

Economics

Geography

Mathematics

Psychology

Statistics

Epidemiology

Medical Statistics

Public Health.

Theatre

Drama

Theatre Studies

Theatre Production

Professional Practice

Stage Management

Performing Arts

Music

Tourism

Tourism Management

Marketing

Business

Management

Journalism

Modern Languages

Marketing

Media Studies

European Studies

Urban and Rural Regeneration.

Translation

Business with Languages

Law with Languages

Modern European and Non-European Languages

Science with Languages

Translation Studies with Languages.

Web Design

Computer Science

Digital Media Production

Fine Art

Graphic Design

Information Technology

Multimedia Web Design

Software Engineering

Web Design

Writing

Communication and Media Studies

Creative Writing

English and Literature Studies

Journalism

Performing Arts

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