Advice on offer as students pick up their exam results

STUDENTS, teachers and parents are being thanked for their efforts on A Level results day.

Young people across the country are finding out their results today, which dictate where they go next – to university, into work, or another path.

It’s not only A Levels results that are being handed out today; BTECs and Level 3 Qualifications are also revealed, with GCSEs next week (August 24).

Cllr Byron Quayle, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for children, education, skills and early help, said: “I wish all our students good luck for their exam results, they should all be proud of their achievements and I thank them for all their hard work.

“Thanks also go to all our teachers and families of anyone who has supported their young people through recent years of learning and exams this summer, they have played a big part in making sure our young people have the success they deserve.”

“I know that some of our young people may feel worried if things haven’t worked out as planned, or hoped for, but I say to them please do not despair. There are many different routes to further education and employment, with training and support to get there.”

“From further education, to apprenticeships, work and training, there’s a wealth of support to help you choose what is right for you.

“If you are unsure of your next step, take a look at our webpages and take advice from the groups that are there to help you.”

The council also issued some contacts for those looking for help and advice on choosing their next steps.

There are different ways to find out about future options:
* talk to your school tutor about the different career options
* visit – read about some of Dorset’s young people who have gone on to have fulfilling careers by choosing a range of different paths
* find more career information on
* find information and support about options at 16 in Dorset from Flying Start

Advice about apprenticeships can be found online through the Amazing Apprenticeships website.

Students can also find out more about their education and training choices by visiting the ‘Get the Jump’ Skills for Life content hub on the National Careers Service website.

Expert advisers are available via webchat or on the phone through the National Careers Service exam results helpline, on 0800 100 900 (freephone).

“Any student who is concerned about their results should speak urgently to their school or college, especially if their further education, university place or employment offer depends on a change to their overall grade,” a council spokesperson added.

“Information about higher education and what to do after you get your results is available from UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

“UCAS also offers advice on what to do in different circumstances, depending on results received.”

For advice and emotional support, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) and NHS 111 can assist, while Young Minds and Kooth offer support for anyone who feels disappointed with their grades.

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