A-Level exam results: good luck and don’t panic!

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Thousands of students across Derbyshire will be getting ready to find out how well they have done in their A-levels.

Derbyshire County Council says it hopes students get the grades they want when results are published on Thursday 15 August. But they are urging students not to be too downhearted if things don’t go to plan.

Councillor Jim Coyle, deputy cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is a big day as these results are the product of two years of hard work.

“For many students the grades they get will determine what they do next and this can lead to high levels of anxiety.

“We want to reassure everyone that no matter what the result may be, there is help available for them.”

Students’ first stop should be their school or college, which have advisors on hand. Or drop in to the nearest Connexions centre where advisors can give careers advice and guidance. Connexions centres are at: Alfreton, Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby, Glossop, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Matlock and Swadlincote. Go to www.connexions-derbyshire.org.

School and county careers advisors can help students consider all the alternatives and decide on the best way forward. That might involve resitting all or some of exams or taking other qualifications.

If you have just missed your grades, you can try your chosen institution to see if you can still get in. Or go through clearing to find an alternative place.

If you are not thinking about higher education, check out the apprenticeship website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk or visit one of our Derbyshire Skills festivals, Derbyshire’s largest careers event for young people. They will be held between 3.30pm and 8pm at:

* Pride Park, Derby, Weds, 18 Sept and Thurs, 19 Sept;

* University of Derby at Buxton, Tues, 24 Sept;

* Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, Weds, 25 Sept.

Councillor Coyle said: “For some there will be the fantastic news of having done better than expected, which can open up new opportunities. But there are also bound to be some who are disappointed that their results are not what they hoped for or needed.

“If someone has not done as well as expected it really is not the end of the world and students need not be upset and worried, pupils should be aware of the many options they have.”

He added: “Don’t jump into anything too quickly. Get advice, do your research and consider your options before acting.”