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How to deal with not getting the results you need

Few things in your educational journey are as disappointing as not getting the results you needed. We take a look at the options available.

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Despite each part of your education being valuable in its own right, much of the education system is set up to lead you onto the next part. It’s for this reason that many go through school with a certain university subject in mind already.  


Sometimes, even with that much planning, you don’t get the results you need, and this can be so disappointing initially. Of all the challenges education can throw at you, this is by far one of the biggest. 


This doesn’t have to mean the end of your education at all, as attending university is certainly still an option and you can be on the path to studying at another university in no time. 


Consider studying somewhere else 


After the feelings of disappointment have passed, the first thing you should do is take a step back and look at your current situation. Find out why you weren’t accepted into the university you wanted and consider your options going forward. 


If your original choice was a difficult university to get into and you still got good grades, looking at where else you can study can not only make you feel better but show you what else is out there. 


It’s important to understand that just because one university won’t accept your grades doesn’t mean they aren’t good enough. Each university decides what their entry requirements are and therefore you’re likely to find a number of institutions that will happily accept you. This may even be a blessing in disguise as you find somewhere else to go that better suits the sort of lifestyle you want. 


Look into your options 


If you truly don’t want to study elsewhere though, there may still be a path for you into that university. Contact the university and look into your options when it comes to studying there and they will let you know what you will need to do. 


It may be a case of waiting a year and taking some exams again. Many universities also offer foundation programmes for students that can lead onto a full degree. 


These programmes are often called a “gateway” or “year-zero” programme. Courses focus on academic skills and the subject-specific knowledge you may need for your chosen degree course. Universities are much more inclined to accept students that have done one of these programmes, especially if you’ve completed one at their university.  


When you’ve worked so hard to get good results and they aren’t enough, it’s only natural to feel disappointed. However, it certainly doesn’t have to mean that university is no longer an option for you. Whether you find a great course somewhere else, or explore your options to get into your original university, there will always be another route to go down. 


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