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How can I help my child on A Level results day?

Before A Level results day, you can ensure your child knows what the arrangements will be for collecting their results and try to be around to offer support if things don’t go according to plan.

If results are collected from the school then it is best to get there early.

Careerpilot has a section with some tips about what students can do in advance to prepare for results day

If your child has applied for university

Hopefully your child will get the exam grades they need, but if they just miss out, the university might accept them anyway….

  • They might be able to get a place on either their firm or insurance choice, depending how well their exams go.
  • Your child might be offered an alternative by the university/college - a Changed Course Offer and, tempting as it may be to accept this, your child really needs to seriously consider if this new offer is for a course in which they are genuinely  interested. The last thing they want to do is sign up for a course which isn’t really what they want to do.
  • If there isn’t a place available at the university of their choice, your child can search through UCAS Clearing to see what courses still have vacancies.
  • If results are better than expected, your child might be interested to investigate courses with higher entry requirements - you can see what's available in the UCAS Adjustment Service
  • If things haven’t gone according to plan, your child could search for course vacancies in the UCAS Clearing Service or they might want to think about other options – like a gap year, work or an apprenticeship - either instead of higher education, or before reapplying for next year

Careerpilot has a section with more information about university procedures after results day.

If your child is planning an apprenticeship or work

If your child already has an offer of employment or an apprenticeship, it's a good idea to confirm this place once they have received their results. Obviously, this is especially important if the job or apprenticeship was made dependent on achieving particular grades. Whether your child gets the grades needed or not, it always makes sense to keep the potential employer fully informed of developments.

If your child doesn't have a preferred option in place, they might benefit from investigating these relevant sections in Careerpilot...

Or they can contact the National Careers Service Helpline

Websites with information about alternatives to university

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