Students who do not get the A-level grades they hoped for this Thursday are being advised not to panic.
According to Huddersfield careers advisers, there are lots of people who have succeeded in life who didn’t get the grades first time round, and there is plenty of help and a range of options out there.
Careers advisers will be available in most school sixth forms and colleges on Thursday, and the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Careers and Connexions Centres are open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Judith Triner, careers adviser at C&K Careers, said, “Although it’s very disappointing when exam results are lower than expected, students should seek advice and explore the different avenues still open to them. Young people should use the experience to reassess their goals and decide on the best way forward.”
Students should check UCAS Track as a university may confirm a place even if the student missed a grade. If UCAS Track has not been updated, the student should phone the university and ask for a decision.
If the student is not offered a place, there may be alternative courses available through the clearing vacancies on the UCAS website and in The Telegraph newspaper.
Judith added: “Do not rush into accepting a course unless you are certain it is the correct course for you. Seek advice from impartial advisers and teachers before deciding. University courses are expensive and hasty decisions can prove costly mistakes.”
Another option is for individuals to delay university for a year and re-apply in the autumn for courses starting in 2015. By postponing, students often have a greater choice than the limited number of courses available through Clearing.
They can then use the year to gain work experience and develop transferable skills to improve their chances when applying for competitive postgraduate jobs.
Other options include foundation degrees, part-time and distance learning degrees or work-related training such as apprenticeships.
Huddersfield Careers and Connexions Centre is at 24 High Street, telephone 01484 226800, and the Dewsbury Centre is in Dewsbury Library, Railway Street, 01924 324200.
For further advice call the free (from landlines) C&K Careers Learningline on 0800 5 979 979 or 01484 226789 for mobile users. Lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or email email@example.com. There is also an Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000.
Exam results wi be featured in the Examiner and on the website www.examiner.co.uk from Thursday morning.