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What to do next after A-levels
11:20am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
AFTER spending weeks nervously waiting, results day has almost arrived and, for most A-level pupils in Warrington, the anxiety will soon over.
A-level results will be published tomorrow, Thursday, and many pupils will be celebrating after being officially accepted onto their chosen university.
Unfortunately for some, it will be a mad dash into clearing where they will spend a much trickier day in front of the computer filled with countless phone calls to the university admission teams.
But, now that the nail-biting wait is almost over, the Warrington Guardian will be out and about in schools talking to students and teachers and hopefully celebrating with them.
To keep up to date on results day follow our live blog at warrringtonguardian.co.uk.
LIFE beyond university can seem like a daunting prospect and, for some, it can be stressful time if you fail to meet the grades required for your chosen course.
But there are many alternative options available to those who miss out on the chance to go to university or simply fancy taking a different route to employment.
Many will find that their skills are better suited to a more vocational route and there are plenty of courses available in Warrington for those who do not wish to take an academic route.
Here are a few options on offer in Warrington.
1. Apprenticeship courses are a great way to earn a wage while working alongside experienced staff to gain valuable skills.
The courses can last between one and four years and successful students will finish with a nationally recognised qualification.
From business administration to bricklaying, Warrington Collegiate has courses to suit everyone with courses for apprentices, aged 16 to 18-year-olds, fully funded.
2. BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications and are available in a range of sectors.
The qualification has been around for more than 30 years and takes a more practical approach to learning, without missing out any of the important theory on the subject.
Priestley College offers a range of BTECs including public services, computer games design and photography.
This option is free to 16-year-olds after they have finished secondary school.
3. The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme offers aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to get their hands on start-up grants, funding and effective business support.
The trust helps young people, aged between 18 and 30, to work out if their business idea is a viable venture.
For more details visit princes-trust.org.uk.
4. A research and development year, more commonly referred to as a gap year, is a great way to broaden your horizons and gives you the time to figure out the kind of career you wish to pursue.
It is estimated that 200,000 young people decided to take a gap year in 2012 as it can have huge benefits for your career prospects.
5. Getting a job is a lot easier said than done but here are a few case studies to inspire you.
Music mogul Simon Cowell, businesswoman Karren Brady and Facebook entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg all went straight into the world of work instead of continuing on into education so why not give it a go?
Clearing: what to do
DISAPPOINTING A-level results can leave some university hopefuls spending countless hours in clearing.
The clearing process is how universities fill any places and it's an ideal way for unsuccessful applicants to find another course.
You'll know you're in clearing if your track status says 'you are in clearing' or 'clearing has started' on your UCAS application.
A list of course vacancies will appear on the UCAS website and the list will be updated throughout the day.
When you see a course you like, contact the university directly to see if they willing to offer you a place.
You will be given an informal offer over the phone and then add your clearing choice to your UCAS application.
This counts as you officially accepting the offer and, when the university confirms your offer, UCAS will send you a confirmation letter.
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