NERVOUS students who are just a day away from finding out their A-level results are being assured that help is at hand should their results not turn out as they hope.
After months of hard work, hundreds of students across Hartlepool and east Durham are now just hours away from finding out their results.
For many the grades will be the difference between getting accepted to their preferred university choice or having to go through the clearing process.
But careers advisors are warning the hard-working students not to panic and reminding them of the numerous support networks available to them over the coming weeks.
Graham Bryson, integrated youth support service planning officer at Connexions, based in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool, urged students not to panic and wants to make them aware of the help on offer.
Mr Bryson said: “We would like to wish all of the students the best of luck and we hope everything goes to plan.
“But if it doesn’t it is not the end of the world.
“Young people do tend to get worked up, but there are a number of opportunities available to them.
“Our first bit of advice to students is always to go back to their college and speak to people there.
“They tend to have links to all of the universities.
“We also offer a drop in service where students can come and speak to our advisors.”
The Connexions office is open to students Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and on Saturday’s from 11am-2pm.
A number of other services are available to students over the coming weeks.
UCAS had received 673,570 applicants by Monday, July 18, this year, a 1.3 per cent increase on the same time last year.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS chief executive, said: “History tells us that the majority of applicants whose places are dependent on their A-level results are likely to be successful.
“But, like last year, universities and colleges are managing admissions against a capped number of places so some applicants with ‘near misses’ may need to think again.
“Our advice is to familiarise yourself with the clearing process, which is fully explained on the UCAS website.
“We expect that there will be plenty of vacancies in clearing again this year but you do need to act quickly to secure a new offer.
“Remember that choosing your course is a life-changing decision so do get advice from your teachers or your family before rushing into a new selection.”
National Exam Results Helpline advisors are also urging students to “stay calm”.
They are offering free, independent and expert advice over the phone about future options and next steps.
• DON’T miss Thursday’s Mail for the first pictures of pupils celebrating their results
• SOME useful phone numbers, website addresses and phone apps available to students over the coming weeks:
Connexions Hartlepool: (01429) 284043
Connexions Peterlee: 03000 260500
UCAS helpline: 0871 4680468
Exam Results Helpline: 0808 1008000
UCAS Connect: free mobile phone app offering online advice and tips for talking to universities.