all the waiting is over. The envelope is in your hand. You have
your university offers waiting to take you on and you feel like
your whole future could be decided by what is written on that one
small piece of paper.
what if the unthinkable happens and your
'A' level results aren’t as good as you hope?
Warren, Connexions advisor is here to help
plans are in ruins"
If you have been looking forward to a particular university
or college place for months, then finding out that you cannot be
accepted after all can be a terrible shock and disappointment. You
might feel quite distraught at first.
don’t despair. Whatever
sort of exam grades you’ve got, you still have a wide choice of
things to do, and no reason why you too can’t go on to your dream
career. Keep an open mind and look at all the possibilities open
to a Connexions adviser, who will have information on a wide range
of courses and other options, and can help you make the best decision
don't have the grades I need"
For the majority of 'A' level students, higher education is the
next step, and getting that college or university place will probably
depend on your exam grades. If you’re holding an offer from a higher
education institution, but your grades are lower than you they asked
you for, then the first thing to do is check with them.
sort of exam grades you’ve got, you still have a wide choice
of things to do, and
no reason why you too can’t go on to your dream career
Warren, Connexions adviser
you can still be accepted. Ring as soon as you can, and find out
before you go any further.
your 'firm offer' course turns you down, next check with your 'insurance
offer,' your back-up plan.
lost my university place!"
lost both your firm and insurance offer places - but don’t panic!
If you’ve applied for university through the UCAS system this year,
and you do not have a university place confirmed after you get your
results, then you’ll automatically be entered in the clearing system.
is the process that matches students looking for places with universities
and colleges that still have vacancies. While aiming as high as
you can, as long as you’re reasonably flexible about which courses
you’ll consider, then you probably still stand a good chance of
finding yourself a place.
will be sent a clearing entry form and some instructions fairly
soon after the results come out – there is no need to contact UCAS
to request this.
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