A-Level results: Not going to university

13 August 2014


It is your choice whether you go to university or not. There is no right or wrong choice: it is what you think is best for you. It is your future and your responsibility to plan for your future as best you can.

It is also possible that things didn’t work out how you planned. Or perhaps you have changed your mind about what you want to do from this September. If so, there are plenty of other options to think about.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

  • One option could be to apply for an APPRENTICESHIP or TRAINEESHIP.
  • APPRENTICESHIPS give you the chance to earn while you learn and gain a recognised qualification. They are a good way to gain the skills and experience you need for many careers. There are over 22,000 Apprenticeship vacancies at any time on the National Apprenticeships website www.apprenticeships.org.uk
  • An Apprenticeship usually takes one to three years to complete.
  • There are generally THREE different LEVELS of Apprenticeship – each with different entry requirements or qualifications needed. You can find out more on www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
  • TRAINEESHIPS prepare you for the future world of work. They are tailored to your needs and provide you with the skills and experience you need to help you get an Apprenticeship or full time employment.
  • Traineeships prepare young people for future careers by helping them become “work ready”. They were introduced in August 2013. Traineeships last from 6 weeks to 6 months.
  • They are an opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job or an Apprenticeship - but who lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
  • Traineeships could be suitable if you are aged 16 to 19 and have less than 2 A Level grades at A to C (or equivalent).
  • You can find out more about Traineeships on www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Taking a Gap Year

  • Another option could be to take and organise a GAP YEAR. You can gain lots of valuable skills and experience on a Gap Year.
  • It can give you time to focus on what you want to do next and can enhance or improve your CV or University application: if you decide to apply for full time employment or Apprenticeship, to start next year OR if you decide to apply (or re-apply) for university to start September of next year.

Studying other ways

  • Another option is to think about STUDYING IN A DIFFERENT WAY. For example, full time or part time. It could be: full time at a local College with a part time job; or part time at a local College with a part time job and/or voluntary work. Local Colleges include: Mid Kent College and UCA Art & Design Rochester.
  • Open University is another way of combining degree study with employment. You can find out more on their website.


  • Another option, which you could combine with ANY of the other options already outlined, is to do VOLUNTARY WORK. Voluntary Work or Work Experience could move you closer to a University course or career you want.
  • If you are interested in finding out more about how to start a business, you can get advice and support at the Prince’s Trust. Full details are on this website.
  • There is a lot more information, advice and help on ALL OF THESE OPTIONS on this: the Medway Youth Trust website and on the ‘Not Going To Uni’ website.

You are also welcome to contact one of our Advisers at Medway Youth Trust.

Good luck with your future plans!


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