Af­ter A-level re­sults: now what’s the score?

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A-LEVEL RE­SULTS WERE re­leased on Thurs­day, bring­ing relief and de­light to many stu­dents and their par­ents. But some may have just missed the mark. Here, A-level tu­tor Jonathan Lee Roberts, from Davies Laine and Dick In­de­pen­dent Col­lege in cen­tral Lon­don, tells them their op­tions: WHAT TO DO If YOUR GRADES ARE LOWER THAN EX­PECTED: “Speak to your school straight away. If you are con­sid­er­ing re-marks, the ex­am­i­na­tions of­fi­cer will need to ar­range these for you and your cho­sen univer­sity needs to be in­formed. Note that your score can go down, but in most cases this is un­likely to re­sult in your over­all grade fall­ing. Keep in mind what you will do if your re-mark does not in­crease your over­all grade. If you are await­ing the out­come, use the time to re­search places avail­able in

Clear­ing. Al­ways have a back-up plan.” WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE MISSED YOUR UNIVER­SITY OF­FER: “The univer­sity may have places on al­ter­na­tive cour­ses. You can check Clear­ing places on the UCAS web­site, on the univer­sity’s web­site or by calling the univer­sity’s Clear­ing hot­line to dis­cuss op­tions. The more flex­i­ble you are, the more choices you will have.

“You could also con­sider tak­ing a year out, reap­ply­ing in the next UCAS round and re-tak­ing your A-lev­els next summer. But you will need to make con­struc­tive use of the time - for ex­am­ple, by gain­ing good qual­ity work ex­pe­ri­ence or learn­ing a new lan­guage. Do not ac­cept a place on a course that you do not want to do, but do be will­ing to com­pro­mise.” FOR MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION, visit UCAS at www.ucas.com or call 0371 468 0 468.

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