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Students urged to seek advice

PUBLISHED: 14:45 18 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

IF you didn't get the A-level results you were hoping for, what's your next step?

First and most important, don't panic. That's the message from the county's careers advisers, who are keen to stress that there are still plenty of options for young people.

IF you didn't get the A-level results you were hoping for, what's your next step?

First and most important, don't panic. That's the message from the county's careers advisers, who are keen to stress that there are still plenty of options for young people.

"Even if you didn't get the grades you expected, you may still be offered a place on the course you were hoping for," said Tom Griffiths, of Suffolk Connexions (formerly the careers service).

"Contact the institution where you are holding a firm offer, and see whether they will continue to offer a place."

If your first-choice institution turns you down, most young people are also holding an "insurance" offer, so the next step is to contact that university or college and find out if they will take you.

However, even if both institutions turn you down, there are many places available through the clearing system.

"We have had universities e-mailing us to say they still have places," said Mr Griffiths. "There's a lot of active marketing going on."

Mr Griffiths said that clearing forms will be sent out to prospective students automatically within the next few days if they do not get a place at their preferred universities or colleges. You need this form to start applying for alternative courses.

If young people have access to the internet, they can visit two websites, ucas and ecctis, which offer up-to-date information about courses with vacancies.

You need to move quickly to get a place on a course, but it is important not to panic and go for something may not be suitable for you.

Advice is available from careers advisers at Suffolk Connexions, tel 01473 581450. You can arrange a one-to-one interview, or just call in at a careers office to look at books or access information on the internet.

If your results were much better than expected, you may also need to get advice from a careers adviser or staff at your school.

WEBLINKS:

www.ucas.com

www.ecctis.co.uk

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