A Level results: what's next?

A Level results day: a pivotal moment in many young people’s lives. With so many important decisions coming up, Laurel Penrose Deputy Principal and Chief Executive at South Leicestershire College discusses the different options available.

“Results day is always a nerve wracking time, for students and parents alike. Decisions made now will have a huge impact on their future career. It’s therefore so important that young people are aware of all of the routes available, no matter what their results, so what are the options?”

They’re celebrating their results and want to study a higher-level qualification

Gaining a degree doesn’t mean life-time debts. From August this year, student grants for living costs have been scrapped and replaced with loans, (BBC August 2016) adding to the spiralling amount of debt students may have to get into in order to study towards a degree.

Laurel said: “For those looking for an alternative, they can study a Higher Education course at college, taking advantage of lower fees than university, small class sizes and a campus right on their doorstep.”

“Here at South Leicestershire College, we are certified by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, we work hard to ensure we provide high quality qualifications that really prepare young people for the world of work.”

“Our courses cover a great range of sectors including Business, Computing, Creative Media, Engineering, and Sport.”

They didn’t get the results they hoped for

“Our first piece of advice is don’t panic! There are so many alternative options out there. We have a wide range of full-time Level 3 courses, which are equivalent to A Levels and can enable students to gain the UCAS points they need to study at degree level. Access courses are also ideal for those who want to study University-level qualifications but need to gain the grades first. Apprenticeships are also a fantastic option; learners work as a paid employees, earning a wage whilst studying towards a national recognised qualification.” 

“Our Guidance Team are on hand to provide impartial careers advice and information on all of the alternative paths available.”

They finished their AS Levels but not sure they want to carry on into the second year

“If your son or daughter has decided A Levels aren’t for them, it’s not too late to make the switch. We offer professional and technical courses that cover a wide range of sectors and are designed to prepare young people to work in industry. Again Apprenticeships could be a fantastic route, ideal for young people who want to step away from desk-based learning and get stuck in to the world of work, gaining a qualification and genuine work experience at the same time.”

“No matter what the results, we’re here to make sure students are on the right career path for them.”

Click here to find out more about Higher Education courses and careers advice available, call 0116 264 3535 or email info@slcollege.ac.uk