Getting your exam results is a big deal. It is essential to understand the options available so that you can be ready for the unexpected. Whether you have just missed the mark or exceeded your own expectations, there are many ways to access both further and higher education.
1. Don't Panic
The college or university may still accept you on your chosen course.
If your chosen course is at Newbury College, contact our Information Services team on 01635 845000 to discuss your options.
If your chosen course is with another college or university, you may be able to go through 'clearing'. Clearing is how some universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. Our careers advisers can help you to understand the clearing process.
For more information on clearing, visit the UCAS website.
If you are interested in finding out more about your chosen career, this website now contains information on the progression routes and earning potential of many popular career choices.
This is part of our focus on ‘Careers not Courses’, an initiative which paths the way to the new T Level qualifications, by providing students with employer-led curriculum and meaningful industry placements.
2. Consider your options
A Levels vs BTECs/T Levels
Some people may choose to stay at school for A Levels after year 11, but did you know that you can also earn UCAS points studying vocational courses? In fact, one in four students studying a BTEC Level 3 qualification goes on to study at University, with others gaining meaningful employment in their chosen career.
If you want to get a head start in your career, you may choose to pursue an apprenticeship, a work-based qualification that combines employment with technical training. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of professions, from traditional areas such as engineering, mechanics and health care to accountancy, business administration, and leadership and management.
Alternatives to University
Newbury College offers higher education qualifications that are equivalent to one or two years at university and cost significantly less than university fees. Our high-quality Foundation Degree, HNC and HND courses provide you with the skills you need to succeed, whether you want to go on to further study at university or develop a career. We have links with some excellent universities including University of Reading and Buckinghamshire New University.
3. Speak to us
Free and impartial advice and support is available to all young people and parents at our Monks Lane campus, which is open throughout the summer.
There will also be special drop-in clinics in the Parkway Shopping Centre throughout the summer, providing the opportunity to discuss course and career options with members of the team.
We are located in the former Animal store next to Debenhams on the following days:
- Thursday 25 July
- Saturday 27 July
- Thursday 01 August
- Friday 02 August
- Thursday 08 August
- Wednesday 14 August
- Thursday 15 August
(A Level Results Day)
- Friday 16 August
- Saturday 17 August
- Thursday 22 August
(GCSE Results Day)
- Friday 23 August
- Thursday 29 August