‘Don’t panic’ advice for A Level students

WITH hundreds of students across Fermanagh currently awaiting their exam results, the advice is not stay calm, consider your options and, above all, don’t panic. 
The A Level results will be released online tomorrow morning, Thursday, at 8.30am. Pupils will also be able to receive their results from their school, where their teachers and classmates will be on hand to offer support. 
Rosemary Cush, careers coordinator at St Kevin’s College in Lisnaskea, said the most important thing to do tomorrow is to take time out and get the best advice you can. 
“First of all, once you get your results, don’t panic,” said Ms Cush. “The main thing is to look at all the options available. 
“If you had university in mind, this is not the only route. You can still go to university by other routes. They can look at higher level apprenticeships, foundation degrees, they can look at UCAS clearance. The main thing is to come and speak to their careers teacher in the school. Speak to the careers teacher and contact the university and they will be able to provide advice on other courses that have perhaps not filled up.”
Ms Cush added repeating was another option, even if it’s only just one A Level, and you could always combine repeating the subject with doing work experience before going to university the following year. 
“Repeating gives you more time to decide what the right choice is for you and what route you actually want to take,” she said. “We often find a pupil who has repeated moves on and chooses a different course that actually works out better for them.
“A year out to maybe just gain work experience and decide that is actually the right route they want to take. They don’t have to be in school the whole five days. They could be repeating an A Level and they could also be doing work experience at the same time for the year.”

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