Students in South Yorkshire are being urged not to panic if they do not achieve the A-level grades they wanted – and reassured help is at hand.
There will be celebrations at colleges and schools on Thursday as teenagers discover whether their dreams have come true.
But for those who did not quite make the grade it will be a confusing time as they scramble for places at university through the clearing process or look at other routes into education and employment.
The Star’s education supplement Class Act has pulled together some top tips from local experts to help students during A-levels week.
Gill Fox-Johnson, who has been a careers adviser at Longley Park sixth form in Fir Vale for four years and helps up to 50 students a day, has issued advice during the A-level countdown.
She said: “First of all, don’t panic!
“Students may still have got into their first choice of university or their insurance offer, and prospective universities will let them know on August 15 if they will accept or whether students will need to look for other courses through clearing.”
Gill added: “If grades are much lower than students anticipated, there are a number of higher education courses that can be accessed with lower UCAS points.
“Alternatively, they may want to look for a work-based option such as advanced or higher apprenticeships.
“There are plenty of people available to help students to make this decision.”
An adviser from the national Exams Results Helpline - which deals with thousands of calls – has also explained how students can prepare alternative options in advance.
And Sheffield apprenticeship provider W Academy & Training has included its top hints for job-seekers, from gaining work experience to making the right choice for the individual.
n See Class Act tomorrow for three pages of results day advice .