Don’t panic! – help is at hand

The dust has settled and the results are out. But what if you didn’t get the A Level grades you needed or hoped for?

The first thing is, don’t panic! There is help and advice out there, as Salford student accommodation provider Portergate has discovered.

Experts are offering some really good pointers for those who were disappointed when they opened their envelopes yesterday. The main message is “There are options open to you.”

The BBC News website offers some pointers for those who did not get the grades they needed or were hoping for. To read the guide visit


The UCAS website,, also has lots of advice about navigating Clearing and Adjustment.

You can also follow UCAS on Twitter @ucas_online or on for up-to-date information.

For more general careers advice you can also call the national Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000, which is run by UCAS on behalf of the Department for Education.

It is staffed by careers advisers, is already open and will run for 10 days after results day. Calls are free from most landlines and selected mobile networks.

The government website might also help you make decisions.  If you need help with career choices, you can also call an adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Good luck!


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