Eight websites to help you navigate life after A-levels

Apprentices study a cutaway model of a car engine Credit: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA/Press Association Images

Results day can be a time of uncertainty and soul searching, particularly if you do not get the results you expected.

But there are a wide range of websites out there offering advice, information and inspiration for your next step. Here is a selection of them:

National Careers Service

Practical advice on how to make an Action Plan and build a CV, as well as a large Q&A section.

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Watch videos of people talking about their careers, explore what kinds of jobs might suit you and your A-levels or take the Buzz Test quiz.

The icould website features dozens of videos of people giving an insider's view into their career Credit: icould.com


Read about different careers, including salary, hours and which skills or qualifications are required.

Useful advice about a wide range of careers Credit: GetSmaart


Links about volunteering opportunities, gap years, apprenticeships and a range of other options here.

Bags of ideas that don't include going to university Credit: UCAS


A full-time university course is not the be-all and end-all, as this website demonstrates. Search jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships all aimed at people without degrees.

Extensive search engine for jobs, apprentices and other opportunities Credit: notgoingtouni.co.uk

National Apprenticeship Service

Learn what apprenticeships are, read testimonies from apprentices and search for vacancies.

There has been a large increase in the number of apprentices since the NAS launched in 2008 Credit: National Apprenticeship Service

You might also want to visit the following websites:

Year Out Group

Considering taking a gap year? This website outlines the benefits of a structured year out and offers links to volunteering and gap year organisations.

Explore options for taking a year out Credit: Year Out Group

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides money and support for young people who want to start their own business, or undertake training. There are also a range of courses on offer.

The Prince's Trust can offer money and support to help launch your own business Credit: Prince's Trust