The BBC’s A-level results coverage shows the small percentage change in grade boundaries between this year and last year (See here). They also highlight the expansion in university places this year which means that students with lower grades than expected may still get offers. The BBC has also assembled a team of experts to answer students’ questions (Email Haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk using 'A-Level' in the subject heading). The BBC also has a page explaining how to use Clearing, how to challenge you’re a level results and alternatives to uin (See here)
The Telegraph has a page with a tool to help students find which universities have places in Clearing (See here)
For students wanting information and advice about what to do now they have got their results, places to start include:
- UCAS advice on Clearing (if your results are lower than expected) http://www.ucas.com/news-events/news/2014/final-ucas-advice-level-results-day
- UCAS advice on Adjustment (if you’ve done better than expected) http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/undergraduate/results/better-than-expected
- National Careers Service ‘Didn’t get the A Level results you needed? Don’t panic, speak to an adviser today on 0800 100 900’
- BestCourse4me http://www.bestcourse4me.com/
- Links to universities websites http://www.ucas.com/sites/default/files/big-map-2013-uk-eu.pdf
- Which? University http://university.which.co.uk/?gclid=CPu4iqO6ksACFSrJtAodgmAADA
- The Complete University Guide http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/
- Notgoingtouni http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/
If you are buying a newspaper today, the Independent has published Your Essential Survival Guide for students covering topics such as ‘how to survive and embrace your first week at university’, ‘find places through Clearing’, ‘leaving home’, ‘ten student living essentials’, ‘student cooking’ and ‘enjoying student life’.
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