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Don’t get stressed over A level results says leading college

7th August 2015

As thousands of students across Staffordshire brace themselves for their A-level results on Thursday, the county’s top performing college is reassuring students and their families.

Don’t get stressed over A level results says leading college

Liz Wyman, Head of Learning Resources & Guidance at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), is urging students to stay calm and get advice if things don't go to plan. 

She said: "We know students can get pretty nervous in the run up to results day even though the vast majority get into university, an apprenticeship or employment without a hitch. These results represent two years of hard work and there's often a lot riding on the outcome. Even if they haven’t quite got the grades needed they could still get into their chosen university or find an alternative through clearing, re-sitting some subjects or taking other qualifications.

“As a caring college, we want to ensure that students have the best support available whether they have out-performed expectations, undershot or are just having doubts around the choices they have made. So on the day we will have advisors available from NULC and local universities, we will be giving apprenticeship advice at our on-site job shop which will be open all day and we will have independent careers advice from Entrust in the afternoon. 

"It’s important that students, including those from outside our college, are reassured that no matter what the result may be, there is help available." 

NULC celebrated record results last year with an overall pass rate of 98 per cent and a 100 per cent pass rate achieved in 24 subjects. Over 800 students went on to universities across the country. 

Some students opted not to move away and to take a foundation degree at NULC in subjects like music and audio production, contemporary art practice or graphics and digital design. Other students progressed to apprenticeships. Currently there are around 70 local apprentice vacancies available through The Workshop, NULC’s job shop. 

Laura Tune, 18, from Maybank, Newcastle, took A levels in law, psychology and sociology at NULC and was offered a place at university to study law. However she decided to take a higher apprenticeship in Business and Administration with Optima Plus Recruitment Ltd. 

Said Laura: “I wanted to get into the world of work and gain some practical experience and skills and the apprenticeship offered me this. Additionally, it's enabling me to gain recognised qualifications in business and administration and ultimately a degree. It allows me to decide if this career path is right for me within a year instead of committing to a degree for three years.  I am really enjoying working on the apprenticeship, learning every day, and I won’t have debt when I finish."

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “This is an exciting time of year as young people up and down the country receive those all-important exam results. For many, a university place will be calling but for an increasing number of young people, an apprenticeship will be their first choice.

“Apprenticeships offer ambitious young people unrivalled career prospects and personal development opportunities. Apprentices can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed up to degree level, while working and earning.”

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