The summer holiday is here at last, but GCSE and A Level results will be here soon. If you have just sat exams and are worrying about your grades or uncertain about what you want to do next, here are a few bits of advice to help you relax, and prepare for the future.

‘A Levels’ are not for everyone!

Each year, thousands of 16-18 year olds are studying qualifications other than ‘A Level’. Large numbers of these students progress on to university while others go straight into careers in virtually every sector of the economy. Studying at a school or sixth form college can be great, but it is not for everyone, and colleges like Kensington and Chelsea provide a high-quality alternative.

You can still achieve your goals and succeed with a college course.

Despite studying hard, some students will not get the grades they are hoping for when the results arrive. Some will hear that they have not been accepted to join the sixth form courses they planned to; some won’t be allowed to continue into the second year of A Level. Do not despair! Kensington and Chelsea College does not turn ambitious young students away. If you have the desire to learn and the commitment to succeed in a subject we offer, we will help you find a course to get you on track. Sometimes this may mean starting on a Level 1 or Level 2 course, but success at these levels will still offer you the chance to progress through to Level 3 (A Level equivalent).

Changed your mind after a year or two on another course?

Many students join us after a year or more in studying A Levels elsewhere. For some, this is because they haven’t had the success they hoped for. For others, they have not enjoyed their course, or maybe their ambitions have changed. Either way, students coming to college aged 17 or 18 frequently find renewed inspiration and are successful in their fresh start.

Kensington and Chelsea College can help!

At KCC, we offer a wide range of courses suitable for school leavers. If you are interested in arts, childcare, design, fashion, multimedia, music or sports, or just want to browse, take a look at what we can offer in our courses section here.
If you’re not sure, you can drop in to find out more and speak to our professional advice staff. We’re open throughout the summer break. Enrolment for places starting this September starts on Thursday 22 August, at both our Centres.