If you missed by a grade or two, phone the university admissions tutor. Persevere if phone lines are busy.
If your first-choice university says no, contact your insurance offer university.
If the insurance offer rejects you, go into Clearing or consider a year out to resit.
Pore over the vacancies listings in The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.
Ring admissions tutors to find out whether they are interested in you.
If you are really determined to go to university this year, be flexible and you will probably get in somewhere.
Ucas helpline: 01242 227788