Students in Dorset have received their A Level results today.
Dorest Council says that advice on education, work and training, including information for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), is available for anyone unsure of their next step.
Advice and emotional support is also available for anyone who feels disappointed with their grades.
Councillor Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help, said: ‘I would like to pay a special tribute today to all young people in Dorset who are getting their results.
‘It has been a difficult and challenging year, an academic year like no other. How well you have all coped, thank you for your incredible resilience.
‘If you are not sure what you would like to do next, or your grades are not what you hoped for, please do not despair.
‘There are many different routes, from further education, to apprenticeships, work and training, please check-out the advice below to find out more.’
Advice about education and training options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is can be found on the Dorset Council website.
Advice about apprenticeships can be found online through the Amazing Apprenticeships website.
Advice from the Southern Universities Network can be found on their website.
Inspirational case studies, showing different routes chosen by actual young people, are available on the Dorset Council website.
Advice and online live chats with advisors is also available from careers and employability experts, can be provided through Ansbury Guidance.
The National Careers Service offer a live web chat advice service on their website.
Advice including job centre links can be found on the Government website.
Meanwhile Laura Rettie, vice president of Global Communications at education consultancy, Studee said: ‘Many students and parents are going to be very angry and rightly so, today’s results day is like no other that’s gone before. Regardless of the last minute changes by the government, huge numbers of students are still being downgraded due to an algorithm, rather than putting trust in the teachers up and down the country who tirelessly work to help their students achieve. There is likely to be widespread confusion amongst students about whether or not their results will change and even if they do, their confidence will be knocked. I wouldn’t blame them for feeling like whatever grade they get is a bit meaningless.
‘This is an unprecedented situation, the process of clearing is likely to be chaotic. University staff have had less than 24 hours to absorb all the information and get their ducks in a row. Making changes at the eleventh hour will put an immense strain on staff, students and parents. My deepest sympathy goes out to the class of 2020 – I sincerely hope the students of the year of the pandemic won’t be discredited for years to come. After dedicating a significant chunk of their lives to their studies, they deserved so much more than this shambolic mess.’
Studee’s Clearing top tips:
Be prepared: If you can weigh up your options before you get your results. Decide if you’d be comfortable retaking your exams, deferring or going through clearing.
Make a list: Keep an open mind and create a list of the universities and courses you’d consider if your current choices didn’t work out.
Be calm: On results day try to stay relaxed, if things don’t go the way you expected and you need to go through clearing keep a level head and get started straight away.
Talk it through: Chat to friends and family about what you’re going through and try to get an appointment with your schools career advisor to chat through your options.
Explore your options: Before you even start contacting different universities it’s worth giving your current choices a call to explain your situation – you never know, they may still accept you with lower grades.
Be quick: You need to get going as places will start going immediately, you’re likely to have to wait to get through to universities, so keep researching other places you may consider while you’re on hold.
Make an informed decision: Ring universities before submitting anything to UCAS and try to get informal offers over the phone from any you’re interested in. Ask about accommodation options and don’t forget to ask if they have a virtual tour of the uni you can look at before deciding.
Make your choice: Talk to all your options before putting your choice in – if this doesn’t get accepted you can then add another.