A Levels: The next steps to University

In prep for University

Making the grade - What if exams go wrong?

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If you haven’t met the conditions of your offer, please don’t be disheartened! We here at the University of Northampton will help and go through the options that are available for you.



If you haven’t achieved the A-Level grades that you were expecting, don’t worry, as we will support you to get a place through UCAS clearing – we have a dedicated Clearing team open in the early hours on results day to help you get onto the right course.

Make sure that you have done your research, and have a backup plan in advance about what courses you would be interested – just in case you can’t enrol onto your first choice.

Remember – you will be undertaking the course for an average of three years, so you need to make sure it is something you definitely want to do.

It is definitely worth giving us a call on the day of your results as our supportive Clearing team will be ready from 8am to answer any questions and discuss your options.  Just a quick note – our clearing usually opens in July, so keep your eyes out on our website for any courses you may like to consider.

This year, the final deadline for clearing choices is 20th September 2017. Since your A Level Grades will be released on the 17th August, this gives you just over a month to make your decision. However, it’s important to note that the clearing places that are offered are on a first come first served basis, so if there’s a course that you really want to study, it’s worth phoning sooner rather than later.


Foundation Study Framework

You may want to consider a different route into University with our Foundation Study Framework. If you haven’t got standard entry qualifications, this Framework will give you the opportunity to study your degree choice while gaining important study skills.

The first year of your degree will be taught over a two year period to provide time for the framework to support your progression. Years three and four are then studied as part of the standard degree programme.

With this alternative style of study, you will be able to gain both technical skills and academic knowledge in your chosen area of study. Have a look here for more information, and to see which courses offer the Foundation Study Framework.

Foundation Degree

The Foundation Degree is a recognised Higher Education qualification, which we offer at a reduced tuition fee.  This particular degree offers workplace experience with academic learning, and we have a number of courses you can choose from. For more information and to see a full list of the subject areas we cover, click here.


Apply next year

Although this may not be ideal, it may be an option for you to consider applying for the next academic year. This could be better for you than enrolling onto a course that you will not be interested in. You could take the year out to re-sit some of your exams, but you could also undertake some valuable work experience in your desired profession too.

At the University of Northampton, we want to support and help you throughout your journey, so if you do not meet the offer conditions due to extenuating circumstances, please contact us immediately.

For any further information and guidance you may require, please do not hesitate to phone us on 0300 303 2772 or email us study@northampton.ac.uk.

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