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Are your exam results not quite what you expected? - Exams

It may be time to rethink your options.

Your revision and exams may not have exactly gone to plan, and don’t worry that can happen to anyone! Or alternatively, did you achieve better results than you were planning on? Either circumstance may cause you to rethink your options.

Firstly, do not panic. You can’t go back to that exam room to cram in extra marks, but it’s not too late to change your plans for September.

Colleges, schools and universities across the country will be prepared for this, so it’s best to contact them as early as you can. They’ll have advisers on-hand to talk you through your options, and they may refer you to a careers advice team if you’re unsure of how a change of education may impact your career pathway.

Academic pathways suit some students, but not all. You may be more suited to hands-on practical learning and getting stuck in to a trade, so consider your local college. Have you considered an apprenticeship? Not only is it a great way to earn while you learn, but you’ll gain vital industry experience, a network of contacts within your field of work and potentially a job offer at the end of your apprenticeship.

Although it can be easier to head to the same sixth form or university as your friends (this is normal by the way!), it may not be the best route for your learning needs, or your career aim. Consider what you are trying to achieve, and how you’re going to get there. Our impartial careers advisers are just a call or email away if you need to chat through your options.

If you received a D/grade 3 for instance, but you really wanted a higher grade, then there are resit options available to you. If you continued onto sixth form or came to College, then you would be supported to achieve your C/grade 4 in English and maths. These will then demonstrate to potential employers that you’ve got a good all-round knowledge of both subjects, and that you’re a good candidate.

Although it’s best to apply early for sixth forms and colleges as popular courses and study programmes do become full, many will still accept students a few weeks into September. It’s best to do your research in August to ensure that you’re happy with your education option, as you don’t want to drop out in the first term. Talk through your options with your parents too, as they’ll want to see the best for you.

This could be the beginning of a new plan for you – so see it as a new opportunity and move forward to achieve your goals.

We offer some great courses to get you where you need to be. Explore your options with MidKent College today.


Call our course inquiries team on 01634 402020 or send them an email – they’re here to help you to get #SortedForSeptember!

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