AND if you didn’t get the grades you wanted, says Dr Lisette Johnston ex-BBC World News Editor:
1). Stay calm! – It’s the moment you’ve been working towards and the computer screen or that piece of paper is telling you your dreams are shattered.
Remember this is just a blip, a bump in the road! Take some deep breaths, collect your thoughts, and remember there is always a different path to take.
2) Talk! – There’s lots of help out there. Your initial reaction may be to shut yourself away, Don’t! Speak to your friends and parents, and don’t forget there are experienced staff at your school or college who can help you.
3. Be brave – Pick up the phone and call the universities you are interested in. Ask lots of questions and don’t just take the first opportunity that comes along. Make sure it’s the right one for you. Write down the questions you want to ask before you call. And don’t hang up the phone until all your questions are answered.
4) Keep an open mind – If you don’t know what to do next then give yourself some time to consider all your options.
5) Look at alternatives – An apprenticeship may be the way forward, no student debt, you learn a skill and get paid for it.