Thursday is A Level Results Day, good luck to all students

Pointers to information, advice and alternative education and career pathways.

Thursday, 16 August is A Level results day and we’re all rooting for the students of Bradford District during this nerve-wracking time. Good luck to them all!

The Council and our district partners are providing advice and support, from employers providing apprenticeships, to colleges and universities offering placements.

A lot of hard work has been put in by A Level students over the last two years. Everyone involved in their education: families, teachers and other professionals, also deserve recognition for their dedication and support.

Thank you to all staff involved, in any way, in helping our district's young people reach this very significant point of their lives.

We have a young population in the Bradford District, and today's children and students are, of course, the district's future adult population. Our support for young people is all about giving them a great start to have the most successful and fulfilling lives possible.

The support we give to our current crop of A Level students will continue after they have opened up their all-important letter.  Many will get the results they were expecting (or better) and go on to their desired pathway to a great career, a large number via one of their preferred universities, but there will be others who need to have a rethink should they not make the mark they hoping for.

This is where we can all help, in particular highlighting the opportunities that still exist for a university place and the other great alternatives.

If you know any young people, whether through your work or volunteering, or through your home and family life, here is some useful information you can share.

UCAS Clearing

Accessing a university placement is still very much possible and the UCAS Clearing system helps students find any suitable vacancies that unis and colleges still have on their courses.

Students and their parents, carers or advisers can use the UCAS link above or visit individual websites to find out what is available.  Bradford College, for instance, list their courses here: Bradford College Available Courses

As with many colleges and unis, Bradford College also has a drop-in session.   This year's is on 16th August, 8.30am-5pm where all students are welcome to discuss their qualifications and plans.

Alternatively there is Clearing Hotline on 01274 433444. Tutors are on hand to make a decision straightaway, and hopefully make them an offer.

In addition to the clearing services there is Bradford College's Open Event on Thursday, 23 August, 11am until 2pm.

Some other local clearers include:

  • Keighley College – contact 01535 685000 or e-mail Enquiries@keighleycollege.ac.uk.  The college is part of the Leeds City College Group, whose clearing page is can be found by clicking here

  • Bradford University – contact 0800 073 1225 or visit their website at www.bradford.ac.uk/clearing.  They also have an open day on 18 August, places for which can be booked online.

Apprenticeships – Earn While You Learn

In recent years, apprenticeships have become very popular and much publicised as an alternative career pathway.

Learn, earn and get hands-on experience at the same time. Apprentices can:

  • Get a real job and continue their education up to degree level.

  • Earn a competitive salary while all their training is paid for.

  • Gain hands-on experience and learn skills that employers want, helping shape their future career.

  • Choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering to nursing, and law to design.

Information and a multitude of opportunities can be found both locally and nationally:

A host of links to opportunities with all sorts of businesses in the Bradford district can be found here:  https://bit.ly/2KPbAtj

It's also a good idea to search social media using the following hashtags:
#ApprenticeshipsWork             #EarnWhileYouLearn              

Careers advice

There's lot of information and advice out there, too much to list here, but here are a select few of the excellent services provided locally:

  • Connexions Bradford is the Council's free and confidential service for young people looking for careers information, advice and guidance.

  • Aspire-Igen is a social enterprise which works with numerous organisations in education, training, employability and skills.  They can provide some really useful information and guidance:

  • National Careers Service - information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

As you can see, there's plenty on offer so make sure any young people you know who are reviewing their options are made aware of the support that is available to them.

Meanwhile, good luck to all of Bradford District's students for their results!

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