With quite possibly the strangest year you have ever experienced drawing to a close, if you sat your A-Levels or GCSEs in the autumn exam series this 2020, your mind is probably turning to results day and the grades you achieved.

By now, you will have a good idea of how well or badly the exams went and a rough idea of the grades you think you have achieved. If you have that sinking feeling that things didn’t go to plan, don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone! And you’re definitely not without hope.

You have two options, you can either wait to get your results through and then decide what is best for you and which options you should take, or you can be proactive and get on with preparing yourself for your next steps, whether they are re-taking your A-Levels or GCSEs or finding a different route to university.

I want to Re-take my A-Levels or GCSEs

So, if you didn’t get those all important grades and your education progression relies on it, then it’s time to start looking at the option of re-taking your exams. Trust me, it’s not as daunting or awful as it sounds and it’s not going to take you years to achieve. If you enrol with an online college like Open College, you can enrol onto your needed courses and start studying them right away, meaning you can be all clued up and ready to re-take your examinations as soon as possible, which is usually in a few months time!

I don’t want to Re-take my A-Levels or GCSEs

OK, so if you don’t fancy the idea of putting yourself through all the exam stress again, you have a couple of options. You can either find a new educational path that suits the grades you have, maybe you were never meant to be the mad scientist, instead you were meant to be the genius mathematician that changes the world of mathematics! Or you can look at taking a more vocational pathway with studying BTECs or Diplomas in a field that interests you and still gets you the qualifications and career that you want.

The most important thing to remember, is that even though it feels like the be all and end all of everything right now, not getting the grades you need doesn’t have to be a negative thing! Some of the world’s most successful people failed exams at some point in their lives.