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what to do if you fail a levels?

Failing your A Levels can feel like a major setback, but it’s important to remember that there are several paths you can take to move forward. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this challenging time and make informed decisions about your future.

1. check ucas track

Before doing anything else, log into UCAS Track. Even if you didn’t achieve the required grades, some universities may still accept you, particularly if you were close to the entry requirements. They might offer you a place on a different course that they feel suits you better. If you haven’t received an update, consider calling the university admissions department for clarity.

2. appeal your grade

If you believe you’ve been graded unfairly, you have the option to appeal. Request a review from the exam board through your school or college. If you’re a private candidate, contact the exam board directly. For the latest information, visit the UK government website or the updates pages for Pearson Edexcel or AQA.

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3. consider clearing

Clearing is a process that allows you to apply for university places that haven’t been filled. Use the UCAS search tool to find courses and contact the universities directly. If you receive an informal offer, confirm how long the offer will remain open. You can only add one Clearing choice at a time on UCAS Track, but you can try again if a place isn’t confirmed.

If you don’t get the grades you need for your university course, find an alternative with lower entry requirements through Clearing. Universities begin publicising courses with empty spots in July, so start looking early.

4. resit your a levels

You might decide to retake your A Levels to achieve better results. This can be done at your current school, a local sixth form, or college. Remember to book your exam place well in advance.

At Greene’s, our A level retake programme is tailored to meet your individual needs. Our tutors work with you to consolidate your knowledge and ensure you are well-prepared for examinations.

why study at greene’s for your a level retakes?

At Greene’s, our approach to A Level education is distinct from other colleges, and this philosophy extends to our A Level retake programmes. We firmly believe that tailoring education to suit each student’s unique qualities and needs significantly enhances their chances of success.

Our exclusive tutorial method is effective and unique to Greene’s, preparing students for university life through their A Levels and retake studies.

Tailored programmes

Your A Level retake programme at Greene’s is designed to fit your specific needs. Tuition is provided individually or in small groups of two or three, depending on your academic objectives and retake setting. We offer flexible arrangements to accommodate your circumstances, whether you are redoing A Levels while at university, travelling, juggling studies with work, or training as an elite athlete.

Our programmes can be taken entirely or partially online. Our tutors excel at delivering education both in person and online, supported by our state-of-the-art digital platform, Greene’s Online. This ensures you have the tools to succeed, wherever you are in the world. We can also allow you to start at any time- even in the middle of the year.

comprehensive support

Each A Level retake programme at Greene’s includes:

  • Initial academic assessments and personalised study plans
  • Three individual tutorials per week across three subjects (with the option for more if required)
  • Subject-related seminars and workshops (where appropriate)
  • Personal Tutor support and guidance, including weekly formal meetings
  • Leadership programmes
  • Trial examinations four times per year
  • University application advice and career guidance
  • Access to Greene’s reading room and student common room
  • Greene’s Online for timetables and progress feedback, accessible to students and parents

personal tutor guidance at Greene’s

While retaking your A Levels, your Personal Tutor will guide you through the university application re-submission process step-by-step. They will advise you on the most suitable courses and universities and help you construct a compelling application to secure your place.


5. reapply with a stronger application

If university if your goal, use this opportunity of A level retakes to strengthen your UCAS application.

Highlight your growth, determination, and the skills you’ve acquired.

Failing your A Levels is not the end of the road. With the right approach and determination, you can turn this setback into an opportunity for growth and success.

Failing your A levels the first time is not the end of the road. Greene’s has a long history of helping students succeed and are determined to help you better your marks.

Don’t believe us? Our results speak for themselves. Students who have taken tuition at Greene’s in the last academic year (2022-23) have gone on to achieve above the national average in A* and A grades – 78% of grades at Greene’s are A* to B grades. This beats the national average by 25%!

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