Got Your Results - Now Careers Wales Have All the Answers; Students across Wales Will Be Opening Their A-Level Envelopes Today, with Many Making the Leap into Higher Education. but for Those Who Don't Make the Grade, the Transition Can Be Tough. Whatever Your Situation, Margaret Gladwell, a Careers Adviser at Careers Wales, Has the Answer

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Got Your Results - Now Careers Wales Have All the Answers; Students across Wales Will Be Opening Their A-Level Envelopes Today, with Many Making the Leap into Higher Education. but for Those Who Don't Make the Grade, the Transition Can Be Tough. Whatever Your Situation, Margaret Gladwell, a Careers Adviser at Careers Wales, Has the Answer


QI didn't get my grades and am worried about what to do next - what should I do? A While it might feel like the end of world if you don't get the results you want at A-level, rest assured, it is not. Just because you haven't quite "made the grade", it doesn't mean you have to give up on your career dreams. Don't worry, be determined and find alternative routes to getting what you want.

Careerswales.com features a whole host of useful, impartial, bilingual information that can help to make informed decisions about next steps. Web chats with careers advisers can also be accessed via the website, or we can be emailed at post@careerswales.com and called via 0800 028 48 44. We will also be posting regular social media updates through our Facebook and Twitter pages to signpost those looking for advice.

QI've only just missed out on my grades but would still like to go on to higher education if possible - what should I do now? ATHE first port of call for students who have narrowly missed their grades and still see higher education as their preferred option is "clearing". This is the process that allows students to apply for unfilled university places. You may have to be flexible about choice of degree and where you study, but this flexibility can pay off in terms of securing a place for the next academic year.

The first step, though, will be to get in contact with those universities you did apply to in order to see what they can offer you - it may well be that they can still find you a place - even if on an alternative course. If not, you may still be able to secure a place on another course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) clearing system, or retake your exams to improve your grades and reapply next year.

How does the clearing process work? QTHE Ucas clearing system - a- available between July and September - gives students who haven't achieved the required grades the chance to apply for un-filled university courses.

To take part in clearing, you must have already applied through Ucas and either have received no offers, or declined all your offers. Further information can be found at www.ucas.com QI've achieved my grades but decided university isn't for me - what can I look at instead? …

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