A-levels: Don't panic if you get Ds and EsBy Becky Barnes
August 16, 2012
As results day looms for A-level and GCSE students across Bracknell Forest, BECKY BARNES finds out who they can turn to and what the next steps are if the news inside the envelope is not what they were expecting.
It’s results time again – and amid the whoops of joy there will be panic and despair from some teenagers who haven’t quite made the grade.
But the message for A-level students collecting results in Bracknell Forest schools today – and GCSE students whose turn it is next week – is do not panic.
Help is at hand from experts who will advise the best course of action if the university or career of their choice suddenly looks out of reach.
Connexions Bracknell in Charles Square will have advisers in the borough’s secondary schools this morning.
The service offers impartial information, advice and guidance to young people aged from 13 to 19, and up to 25 for those with special needs.
Jena Tarabad, team leader for Bracknell Connexions, said: “We are open usual hours from 12.30pm to 5pm – feel free to drop in any time – there is no need for an appointment.
“There will also be advisers at all schools or you can call 0845 408 5008.”
Advisers will be at schools today and next Thursday for GCSE results.
A Connexions Careers Advice Line is available from Monday to Thursday between 4pm and 6pm on 0845 408 5050
Teenagers can also go online and join a webchat on Mondays to Thursday from noon to 6pm and on a Friday from noon to 4pm at www.connexions-berkshire.org.uk.
Our website www.getbracknell.co.uk is running a UCAS web chat today from 11.30am so students can put their questions about results and university applications to a UCAS adviser.
The adviser will answer questions about clearing, what to do next and how the UCAS system works. If you miss the chat you can always log on click here to read back others students questions and UCAS’s answers.
UCAS advises applicants to utilise their advisers on social media, online or through their helpline if they need advice on clearing today.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS chief executive, said: “The majority of applicants with conditional offers will have their place confirmed on results day. But if you are at all worried it’s a good idea to visit the UCAS website, which has all the information you need about what to do.”
The helpline will be open from 7am to 7pm on 0871 468 0468.
For advice on clearing visit ucas.com/clearing