It’s A Level results day and perhaps there’s a knot in your stomach for a different reason than hoped. All is not lost.
Perhaps you’ve not got the grades you, or your teenager, were quite hoping for today, but that doesn’t mean you’ve to ditch your ambitions.
If you’ve not had a place at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) confirmed then you are now a ‘clearing applicant’.
You can now call any HEI in the UK, including Blackpool and The Fylde College, to ask if they will accept you on to a course with the qualifications and grades you do have.
Cyndy Lawton, careers adviser at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said: “The advice I would give any students [who’ve not achieved the grades they hoped for] is it’s not the end of the world and there are lots of people there to help you and there are always other options.
“There is that initial disappointment to deal with - stay positive and get moving.
“A lot of people feel pressure to make a quick decision and that’s when there are risks, it’s better to take your time and research choices.
“This is an investment in your future, it’s important that as far as possible you do your research.”
According to research by the Princes Trust one in six young people in the North West believe they will “end up on benefits” because of poor exam grades.
Don’t be in that 17 per cent:
If you narrowly missed achieving the conditions of your offer, confirmation may be pending from the institution(s) where you are holding offers.
If your status has not yet been updated on Track, you should first call your firm choice institution to see if your place has been confirmed.
It may be a few days before a university knows if they have places available to offer those applicants who have not satisfied the conditions of their offers.
Don’t feel too discouraged
It is essential at this stage not to make any hasty decisions and don’t be tempted to opt for the first thing that comes up.
If you’re offered a place but are not convinced the course is for you, say thanks but no thanks and carry on ringing round until you do find something you like.
Don’t get side-tracked
Contact the HEIs that interest you, speak to an adviser and also check out their clearing web pages.
Avoid getting side-tracked by Twitter or Facebook, don’t let others’ results get you down.
Today is a day to concentrate on yourself and your future.
Mrs Lawton added: “There will be lots of life-changing decisions ahead of you today, it’s a day where your whole day can be laid out in front of you -remember to stay positive, and there’s always a ‘Plan B’.”
Remember, there are many experts out there who can help you and lots of people in the same position as you, so don’t think that you are alone.
Talk to your tutors, college careers advisers OR contact the UCAS helpline: 0871 468 0468 or www.ucas.com
The Admissions Team at Blackpool and The Fylde College are available too, contact their helpline on (01253) 504322.
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