Kingston College advises students to seek advice on GCSE results day
By Teddington People | Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 23:31
This Thursday thousands of GCSE pupils will finally get to know their exam results after spending the summer doing their best to forget about them. And for many Year 11 students it will be a day that they, and their families, will never forget.
Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal of Kingston College. The College runs an impartial advice service for GCSE students.
Syeda Yusra Farrukh who studied her GCSEs at Kingston College.
Kingston College, which runs an impartial advice centre for GCSE students, advised pupils to be prepared for their results whatever the outcome and to remember not to make knee-jerk decisions that they might later regret.
Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal of Kingston College, emphasised that these days there are courses at all levels to meet everybody's needs. These include more than 70 A Level subjects being offered by a number of providers across South London and more than 400 Extended Diplomas. There are also thousands of NVQs, apprenticeships and BTEC Firsts at levels 1, 2 and 3 available that could lead on to exciting careers.
For those of you on the edge of receiving your results tomorrow, the College has offered the following advice:
Step 1 - Be prepared before the day itself
Before results day make sure you have all your documents to hand including entry requirements, offer letters from your future education provider and enrolment arrangements.
Step 2 - Get your results as early as possible and know what time you need to enrol
Many schools will now email out results, or allow you to access them through the intranet. However, Kingston College says you should go to your school as soon as possible to get your certificates. All providers will need them before they enrol you.
You should also check your enrolment arrangements to make sure you get there on time. Many courses start enrolment on Thursday at 12pm. If you cannot make your allocated time, you should contact your chosen college as soon as possible to let them know.
Step 3: Do not panic if your results aren't what you expected - there are plenty of other exciting options
Entry requirements for A Level/BTEC Diplomas (Level 3) requirements are generally 5 A-Cs including Maths and English, although this varies between courses and institutions.
If you have not met these, the college emphasises that you should not panic or feel you have failed. There are lots of other opportunities out there for you. Sensitive, professional advice and support are available free in many places and can help you make a new plan for the future very quickly.
Step 4: Get advice
You can visit Kingston College's impartial Information Point, open between 9am-5pm on weekdays, from this week. The College's professional team of career advisers and tutors will work with you to explore the best possible course choices offered by the 16 providers across South London, not just those offered by Kingston College. The aim is to ensure you enrol on a course that is right for you.
Last year the Information Point helped more than 1500 students to find options for further study, with less than 50% of them being placed on the College's own courses. The majority went on to study with other providers.
Mr Mayhew-Smith, said: 'We're proud of the service we offer to young people and their families at this exciting time of year. We want to see everyone doing something that's right for them and our teams have always delivered outstanding support to make sure this happens."
You can visit Kingston College's Information Point between 9am-5pm on weekdays at Kingston Hall Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2AQ
You can also visit www.goodateverything.co.uk for more info.