Advice for students taking A-levels

Eloise Lawton and Juliana Yusuf celebrate good results in 2014
Eloise Lawton and Juliana Yusuf celebrate good results in 2014
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A-level results day can be a nerve-racking experience for students waiting for their results – the message is don’t panic, there’s plenty of advice and help out there for you.

Many students will of course be looking forward to the university or college of their choice when they get their results on Thursday but others may need to change their plans.

Lincolnshire County Council’s website for young people has a lot of information to help you through this process and it can be found at: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/teeninfolincs

For anyone whose results were not as good as they hoped, the first thing to do is to contact your chosen universities and see if they will still accept you on the course for which you have an offer.

If they are unable to offer you a place and you still want to go to university then you will need to use “clearing”. Your first contact should be UCAS at: https://www.ucas.com/ where you will find all the information you need to help you through this process.

Don’t forget that as well as University you can also consider Apprenticeships and Traineeships. Information on these can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

There is a wealth of information available from the National Careers Service which also provides a telephone helpline if you need to find out more about the options. They can be found at: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

For young people who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan there may also be the option of a Supported Internship. Information about how these operate and how to apply is available from the county council’s Promoting Employment Team: pet@lincolnshire.gov.uk