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What next after A Level results?

by Gemma Melling

Students living in Knowsley are among those getting their A Level results today (Thursday, 13 August, 2020).

As exams were unable to take place due to the Coronavirus lockdown and school closures, students are being allocated grades based on an algorithm which looks at a number of factors, including the student’s past performance.

Here’s what you need to know about the results and what your next steps might be

If you are picking up exam results there are lots of sources of information available. You can:

  • Speak to your school or college in the first instance as they’ll advise you on possible next steps.
  • If you are unhappy with your grades you may have the option to appeal (in limited circumstances) but you can also choose to sit the exam in the autumn. If you choose to do this and achieve a different grade than the one you’ve been given, you can use whichever is the highest as your mark.
  • If you are looking at higher education, check the UCAS website which has lots of useful advice on next steps. If your grades were better or worse than you expected, or you’ve changed your mind about the course and university you’d like to choose, you can also use the UCAS clearing system to secure the place that is right for you.
  • You can also get free careers advice from The National Careers Service helpline: 0800 100 900.
  • If you are now looking for employment, don’t forget there are still some vacancies available with the Knowsley Apprentice The council’s Knowsley Works team may also be able to help you with your job hunt.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “My congratulations to all those students in Knowsley who are collecting A Level and other exam results today.

“It’s been an unprecedented year and I know there’ll be a whole range of emotions today – from elation to frustration.

“Whilst I know many of the young people will be happy with their results, others may feel disadvantaged having not been able to sit the papers in person.

“To all of those young people now making big decisions about the future I’d advise you to get all the information you can about the options available – there are lots of sources of advice and support, so please use those. Whether you’ve done better or worse than expected, there are still so many opportunities open to you as you move into the next phase in your lives.

Cllr Harvey added: “Having lived through such a strange time you can be extremely proud of what you have achieved and know that the future is rich with opportunities, whatever your grades are today.”

Celebrations for All Saints Catholic High SChool

Students from All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby are celebrating a fantastic set of A Level/Level 3 results. They will now move onto a variety of destinations including The University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University, LJMU and Hope University to study a wide variety of subjects and vocations including; Law, Primary Teaching, Nursing, Criminology, Psychology, English, Sports Science, History of Art, International Business and Accounting.

Students from All Saints Catholic High celebrate their A Level/ Level 3 results

Students from All Saints Catholic High celebrate their A Level/ Level 3 results


As in previous years, a large proportion of the grades achieved were A/Distinction*/Distinction across a range of subjects.