The anxious wait is over for year 13 pupils as they receive their A-level results today (Thursday).
Almost 400 students from the island’s five secondary schools will find out whether they have secured the grades to go to their first choice university.
In 2012, the pass rate (A* to E) was 96.3 per cent – slightly down on previous years. But students achieved a record proportion of higher grades.
Department of Education and Children co-ordinating adviser 11-19 education Paul Craine said: ‘Students should follow advice from schools and attend school to collect results at the time given.
‘They should go prepared – take their UCAS letters, UCAS numbers, conditional offers details, exam results so far, course choices, UCAS personal statements and a list of important phone numbers.
‘In case they have just missed out on required grades they should be ready to put their case forward, quoting any mitigating circumstances. They will be supported by the school.’
Some students will have an indication of how they have fared from about 8am using the UCAS Track website. This may indicate whether they have been accepted by their chosen university.
But Mr Craine urged students to go into school to collect their results: ‘There is a risk with checking results on Track – if the news is disappointing, there will be no-one on hand to help you with decisions that need to be made.’
He said some students will have done worse, or better, than expected: ‘These are the students who need to be ready to seek advice from schools or the careers service.’
As well as the ‘clearing’ system for students who haven’t met the requirements of their firm and insurance offers, there is a short ‘adjustment period’ when students who have done better than expected can look for a course or university that carries higher entry requirements.
This year’s students will be the first to pay university tuition fees, being introduced from 2014.
Mr Craine said it wasn’t expected to have an impact on the number of students going to university: ‘We are expecting A-level results to be in line with previous years and we expect students who value a university experience to carry on valuing that even though they will have to make a contribution towards it.’
ChildLine is offering support to students with any anxieties or worries about their exam results. Call the helpline on 0800 1111.
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