Exam helpline for Derry A Level students

File photo dated 10/06/05 of school exams in progress. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 5, 2009. The education gap between children from England's richest and poorest areas is widening, according to official figures obtained by the Conservatives. In 2007, the proportion of children achieving five good GCSEs, including English and maths, in schools where more than half of the pupils were eligible for free school meals was 13%, a drop from 14% in 2006. See PA story EDUCATION Gap. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

File photo dated 10/06/05 of school exams in progress. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 5, 2009. The education gap between children from England's richest and poorest areas is widening, according to official figures obtained by the Conservatives. In 2007, the proportion of children achieving five good GCSEs, including English and maths, in schools where more than half of the pupils were eligible for free school meals was 13%, a drop from 14% in 2006. See PA story EDUCATION Gap. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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Derry ‘A’ Level students who don’t get the grades they hoped for or who are unsure what to do next have been urged to speak to a careers advisor.

A helpline - manned by fully qualified careers advisors - opens from 8am tomorrow morning ( August 15) and remains open for the next ten days

Providing students with free, independent and expert information and advice about continuing into further or higher education, or pursuing different routes such as vocational qualifications, taking a gap year or finding employment, the UCAS helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000. (Calls are free from landlines. Mobile network charges vary).

Nick Hynes, Exam Results Helpline adviser said: “Every year, there are students who don’t get the grades they need for university, there are those who achieve better grades than expected and those whose career plans have changed since they made their original university choices.

“At such a critical and life changing time, it’s imperative that these students are clear what ALL of their options are, enabling them to make fully informed decisions about their futures.”

You can get more information online at www.ucas.com/examresultshelpline