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Taking A-level exams

Students around Cornwall have received their A-Level results.

Did you get what you wanted? Not sure whether to go to university or college, get a job or take time out? Use this page for advice.

One Life - A-Levels
Visit the UCAS website for advice on the clearing system.
Connexions website
Advice for 13-19 year old teenagers living in Cornwall.
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Connexions Personal Advisers are available to offer advice and information on what to do next if you don't get the exam results you expected or still don't have a plan of what to do next by phoning
080 800 13-2-19

Connexions is a relatively new youth service providing advice, guidance, support and personal development opportunities for all 13 to 19-year-olds.

It brings together all the services that help young people and gives young people access to a personal adviser, someone to give impartial, honest and confidential advice.

View a printable version of this page.

Thursday 19th August was A-Level day for many in Cornwall.

If you didn't get the grades you require the first thing to say is Don't Panic!

There are lots of organisations around to explain the various options open for you.

This page lists the agencies that offer advice.

Try to think positively - there are still loads of options open to you.

If you've applied to uni and your grades are only slightly lower, call the university or college direct. They may still be willing to accept you.

If not, you can still go through clearing where students are matched up with free uni places.

The Clearing Process

The UCAS Clearing service matches candidates up with suitable higher education vacancies.

If you're eligible for Clearing, UCAS will automatically send you a Clearing Entry Form (CEF) and an information booklet.

Vacancies are listed in the Independent and The Independent on Sunday starting from the 12 August 2003 for Scottish vacancies and from the 14 August for the rest of the UK.

Call the free BBC One Life; results helpline on 0808 100 8000. Open continuously from results day until 31 August 2004. You can talk to a careers adviser who will have access to all the latest information on Clearing, vacancies and even be able to tell you if you've got your place - even if you're not got your results yet!

Remember, Clearing Is Not An Option For You If Any Of The Following Apply:

1. You have withdrawn from the UCAS scheme.
2. Your conditional offer has been confirmed.
3. You decide not to take your confirmed offer.

If you didn't get the A Level/AS Level or Higher Still grades you'd hoped for, and you don't want to go through Clearing to get a new place at university, it may be worth resitting your exams.

Why Would I Want To Do Resits?

If your grades improve, you may be able to get in to your dream university.

You may be able to retake your exams later this year (maths resits are usually in November and the rest are in January, depending on the examining body) so if you're planning to take a year out, you've still got time to retake and go travelling.

It's possible you might have to do part of your course again or retake all the units, but it might be worth it in the long run if you're going into a career which pays a lot of attention to exam results. Or you could take a one-year course in a different subject.

Talk to your school or college careers advisor as well as your subject tutor to find out what your options are. They can help you decide if resits are a good idea for you.

Where Can I Do Resits?

At your old school or college. Most places offer a resit programme although it might be weird if most of your mates have left.

At home - you could work through your old textbooks and get some occasional private tuition.

At a fee-paying crammer college.

At another school or college.

You may be entitled to funding during this time.

Getting Papers Marked Again

If your grades are so far off your expectations that you think there's been a mistake, here's the lowdown on having the papers marked again:

For 2004, the deadline for requesting re-marks is 19 September.

Having a paper re-marked costs money. How much depends on your examining board.

Talk to your teacher and ask them if they think there may be a reason for the low grade.

If you want to go ahead, approach the exam boards through your school or college.

Play the waiting game. It's unlikely you'll find out your re-mark grade before the beginning of the academic year in September.

It's worth remembering that papers can also be downgraded!

What are my other options...?

Have you considered Modern Apprenticeships or other non-academic courses that could still get you to your goal?

Modern Apprenticeships give you the chance to get a job in an area of work you are interested in, get paid the wage for the job and get nationally-recognised training while you work.

There are hundreds of opportunities for school and college leavers with local employers who understand the importance of training their young workforce.

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