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A-Day for Cornish A-Level Students

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 15th August 2013 (Updated 11:54am 15th August 2013)

It is 'A-Day' for thousands of students across Cornwall.

Teenagers are picking up their A-level results.

The number getting good grades is expected to have dropped for the second year in a row. One in four will still have got an A or A*.

Damaris from Looe is celebrating two A*s and two B's at Truro College she said: "I'm super happy because I didn't know if I'd get two A*s or not. It's a massive relief I'm off to Bristol hopefully. There's been lots of fun and lots of support. But I haven't phoned anybody yet."

Anna from Truro said: "I've got an A* and three A's - which I'm super excited about. I'm now going onto do Geology at Imperial in London. It was quite a lot of work, but it's all worth it now."

A record number have been accepted onto a uni course, up 9% on last year.

Charlotte Knight chairs Cornwall College Students Union. She said: "I think it comes down to whether it's worth it. Most people are choosing that it is - but a lot of people are staying here, getting jobs, not going to university because they don't want that debt forever. It's a big personal choice to go to university and it's not right for everyone.

"We live in an area where it's difficult because it's seasonal work. I know a lot of people who are moving out of county to do a gap year up country because it's easier to get jobs there and it's easier to live."

New research says more than half of teenagers would choose to do an apprenticeship - if they could.

There are already five thousand doing one in the Duchy and a new campaign is being launched to provide another thousand.

If you haven't got the results you were hoping for, don't worry. Debbie Wilshire from Cornwall College said: "Sometimes even if you have just missed the grade the university will still want you on the basis of the grades that you have got. So don't panic. See someone. Talk it through. Work out what the next step is that is best for you.

There are other options available through UCAS. Or alternatively you can re-sit some exams over summer.

If you did not get the results you wanted but still want to apply for university or college you can do it through 'Clearing'.

Students who want to consider a Clearing place can start looking at courses with vacancies from Thursday morning.

You can find a list of universities and colleges with free places on the UCAS website or in The Telegraph

You should then contact the university or college directly and discuss the course and vacancy with them. Then from 5pm on Thursday you can make a formal application through UCAS Clearing.

 

Tips to Bag a Place at University

  •  Make sure you are available to speak to universities and colleges. Treat your Clearing application like a job application - deal with it yourself. Don't leave it to your parents or friends to sort out.
  • Start contacting universities and colleges about the courses that interest you as soon as you can. An institution that is interested in you will ask for details such as your Clearing number and your Personal ID. You will probably also be asked questions about your exam results.
  • When looking at courses through Clearing make sure that the content of the course meets your needs and check the entry requirements.
  • Visit UCAS Connect which brings you the digital side of UCAS. It's the home of the online advice and tips about applying to university and college. Why not try following @ucas_online or @ucasclearing on Twitter for the latest updates?
  • If you need help applying through Clearing or have a query about your application, you can contact the UCAS helpline on 0871 468 0 468. Lines are open from 07:00 - 19:00 from results day.
  • For independent advice on the full range of post-exam options, you can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. Lines are open from 08:00 - 20:00 on results day.
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