These people flunked their A-levels but say everything worked out in the end

A-level students across the country will be getting their results today.

Sadly, exams don't always go to plan and there's bound to be as many students left disappointed as delighted.

It may feel like the end of the world if their results are not what they had hoped for, but it doesn't mean they need to let go of their dreams and aspirations.

Here at ITV Central, we appealed for stories from our viewers who were disappointed with their A-level grades but still went on to find their own paths with happy, successful careers.

Calls are taken at clearing call centres on A-level results day. Credit: PA Images

Natasha Bateup from Leicester failed one of her A-levels, but is now just months away from being a fully-qualified nurse:

I didn't do as well as I had hoped in my A-Levels, only passing two out of the three I took. Although it's taken me 14 years and various jobs along the way, I am now a third-year student nurse due to qualify in February. It has been tough with a toddler in tow and a mortgage to pay but i am so close now to achieving my dream career. Getting poor A-level results does not have to mean giving up on your dreams.

Natasha Bateup
Students across the country are set to find out their A-level results. Credit: PA Images

Gaynor Neal from Birmingham says he struggled at school because of his dyslexia, but has now landed his dream job working as a sound and lighting technician:

I am dyslexic which wasn't recognised in my generation, so I didn't do well in my exams at all. When I left school, I decided to go to college, where I received a diagnosis of colour-coordinated dyslexia. They showed me ways to cope, such as using a computer and changing the pixel settings so I can write without being bothered by background colours, or altering the fonts so I can read better. Now I have managed to earn five A-levels, 10 GCSEs, three BTECs, a teaching certificate and a BTEC level four certificate in analogue music technology. I'm now working as a sound technician and a lighting technician. I had to do all this when I had finished school so I came to my career a little late, but as far as I am concerned it was worth it, because I have done all of this by myself.

Gaynor Neal
Teachers prepare as students arrive to collect their A-level results. Credit: PA Images

Anthony from Telford dropped out of school because of bullying, but says he followed his passions to find success:

I dropped out of school completely at the age of 12 because of bullying and I had no education whatsoever - other than hobbies that I taught myself. Ten years on, and I've reached management level in a college working within IT Services and I also run my own business. I honestly do not believe I’d be as successful as I am, if I had not found my own passions. Exam results do not define who you are. Your drive and ambition do.

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Amy Barfield left school after her GCSEs, but is now a registered veterinary nurse:

I never really liked school, I got bullied quite a bit and didn’t really make any friends. My GSCEs suffered, and I left school with the grades C, D, and E (back in the 1990’s)! I was determined to work with animals, so I spent three years studying animal care at a Brooksby Agricultural College in Melton Mowbray.

Amy Barfield

Amy then worked as a primate keeper at Twycross Zoo, in a wildlife park and even as a dog handler for the military.

"Since then I have become a registered veterinary nurse and earned a certificate which allows me to work with exotic species. "I’ve gone to University and was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in zoology from the University of Derby. "Now I'm about to start my final year studying for a Masters Degree in Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing. "All of this was due to being determined to prove everyone wrong! I was disappointed in myself, my GCSE results were worse than I could have imagined, but I have done it!"

Amy Barfield
Students sit down to look through their A-level results. Credit: PA Images

Kieran Fenney

I didn't finish my A-levels because I dropped out of school. Throughout what would have been Year 11, I studied at home which meant I could choose what I wanted to learn. I was then able to go to a training college, where I got enough qualifications to go to college and do two courses. I worked as a bartender and as an IT Support Agent - where I was promoted to manager of my department. I also took a job with Amazon. I am now working as a Customer Service Agent, I've been in this role for the last ten months and I see myself staying here for a long period of time. It took a while to get to where I am at now but I finally feel like I have succeeded. I definitely took the harder route but it was all worth it and I would definitely do it all over again."

Kieran Fenney
Students across the country are set to find out their A-level results. Credit: PA Images

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