STUDENTS who don’t get the grades they hope for when the A Level results are released tomorrow have been urged not to panic.
Thousands of youngsters across the UK will collect their results having completed two years of A Level studies earlier this summer, with schools and colleges in Hartlepool and East Durham opening up early to enable students to collect their marks.
Many will be hoping to get the required grades to move on to university, though there are fears that a “toughening up” of the exams will mean there are students left facing tough decisions.
Last summer, 24 per cent failed to be accepted on to courses after falling short of entry requirements or dropping out of the process.
A study carried out by Universities UK said that further changes to qualifications over coming years could lead to rising numbers of students either dropping A-levels altogether or fall short of the top grades demanded by top universities.
But bosses at the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) say there arte plenty of options open for students who do not get their required grades.
A spokesman for UCAS said: “If things don’t go to plan, there are often a wide range of courses still available, so it’s worth seeing if there’s anything you like the look of.
“In the event of a re-mark, students need to try to arrange this as quickly as possible, and keep in touch with your university or college to keep them up to date.
“There is also the option of looking into other options – like a gap year, work or an apprenticeship – either instead of higher education, or just while you reapply for next year.”
The Exam Results Helpline number 0808 100 8000 is a free telephone helpline staffed by independent and highly experienced careers advisers who can speak to any students with concerns about their results. GCSE results are out next Thursday, August 21.
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