South Tyneside students set to get their A-level results

Students at St Joseph's Catholic Academy pick up their results last year. What will this year hold?

Students at St Joseph's Catholic Academy pick up their results last year. What will this year hold?

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The nervous wait will be over for hundreds of students across South Tyneside today.

It will be good A-level news for many, but others will be starting the frantic process of going through clearing for a university place.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said: “Students and their teachers are bracing themselves for greater volatility in this year’s results, particularly at AS level with the first students sitting exams under a new curriculum this year.

“Teachers, as usual, have worked hard to ensure that standards have been maintained despite this upheaval and the cuts to budgets in the post-16 sector.

“Young people have continued to excel despite these challenges which have been compounded for many by the Government’s removal of financial support for the most disadvantaged students and its cuts to the system of independent careers advice and guidance.”

UCAS lines opened this morning for students to find university places, however, outside of going into clearing, many students will look at alternative avenues such joining the workforce.

In recent years there has been a huge emphasis on apprenticeship schemes across most industries in the UK, with the Government setting a target of three million new apprentices by 2020.

For help students can contact UCAS on 0371 4680468, the National Careers Service on 0800 100900 and the National Apprenticeship Helpdesk on 0800 0150400.