What to Do If You're Not Happy With Your Degree Result

Step-by-step advice on what to do if you feel as though you're not happy with your degree result, whether it's as bad as you think and what you can do next.

Is it as bad as you think?

First off, you should assess whether the situation is as bad as you think. Yes, you may have hoped for a First, but succeeding with a 2:1 isn't a drawback either. Equally, if you really haven't gotten a grade you deem worthy of successful, there are still many options available to you.

Often, working so hard for 4-5 years and being disappointed in your result can make you ask yourself if it was even worth it, but going forward, a lot of employers now look for not just an employee educated to degree level, but also someone who has the relevant experience. Getting involved in part time work and extracurricular activities can really boost your CV after uni.

Appealing the decision

If you feel as though you didn't do as well in your exams as you could have due to extenuating circumstances, you're entitled to appeal the decision.

Normally you would have to provide some sort of evidence, such as previous exam results and why you feel you were held back when making the final grade.

Deadlines to do so can be quite short so you should speak to your student adviser and your university exam board as soon as possible about how to repeal the result.


In some cases, dependent on what degree you are studying towards, exam re-sits may be available. You will normally be notified of this upon receiving your results and again, you should speak to your university about what you can do next.

The next steps

Once you've left your uni days behind, if you feel your degree doesn't reflect the work you put in, taking on some extra training or doing a post-graduate course can be very fulfilling.

Who can you talk to about it?

If you're feeling really low about your results, you should speak to friends and family. Ultimately, they want to see you succeed in what you want to do with your life.

Speaking to your student adviser at university or a mentor can also help you re-evaluate your decisions, plus you could also speak to someone at your University Careers Service who collate information from previous students and graduates, which may give you some idea of what to do next.

Many people also choose not to go to university at all and pursue other routes into education and their careers, so there are always other options.

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