Students concerned about results are being directed to a helpful website
WITH A-Level results less than a week away, many teenagers will be mulling over their next move.
Students across Gloucestershire will be biting their nails until next Thursday when their results will be revealed.
Some will be hoping to get the grades they need to go on to university, while others will be looking forward to starting an apprenticeship.
But for others, such as Jamie Wilden, 19, from Newent, who has already received his results in BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Performance, the future is still uncertain.
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Website notgoingtouni.co.uk is designed to help students just like Jamie.
The former Hartpury College student said: "Now that I have my results from college, I'm still unsure what I want to do. I have been thinking about university, but I don't like the idea of getting into debt.
"I've found the website really useful, because it shows you loads of options like apprenticeships and other career routes you can take. I'm not sure what will happen in the future, but I plan to research my options before making any decisions and the website can help with that.
"Who knows, I might end up going to university in the next couple of years, because I like the idea of meeting new people, but definitely not yet.
"I like the idea of work-based learning for now, so I'll have to see what happens."
The website features advice on how and where young people can find vocational training and other work-based learning schemes, such as apprenticeships, instead of entering higher education or going to university.
Sarah Clover, communications director at notgoingtouni.co.uk and a former engineering apprentice, said: "University isn't an option for everybody, whether that's down to finances, results or simply because the young person doesn't want to go.
"We want people to know that university, while the right option for some, isn't the be all and end all."
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Gloucestershire College said: "It is certainly not too late to apply for many of our full-time higher education courses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean.
"Gloucestershire College offers a wide range of higher level courses suitable for those who have just completed their A Levels, ranging from HNDs in Spatial Design, Business and Construction, to Foundation Degrees in Uniformed Public Services, Salon Management and Counselling.
"Higher education options at Gloucestershire College can also offer a more financially attractive alternative to a university course for many.
"I'd encourage anyone who is considering higher education options to speak to our Student Services team on 0845 155 2020, or to visit one of our main campuses in person."
More information can be found at gloscol.ac.uk.
■ See next week's paper for A-Level results special.