Hampshire teens collecting A level results

Salisbury Journal: Brockenhurst College students collect their results this morning Brockenhurst College students collect their results this morning

THOUSANDS of nervous students were today logging on and opening the big brown envelopes to discover their destiny.

Teenagers across Hampshire were heading to their schools and colleges to find out their A-level results.

It will be a day of celebration or commiseration, as well as looking to the future as many discover whether they have achieved a place at university, while others will now decide to head elsewhere to continue their education or enter the wide world of work.

A-level results in Hampshire appear to be similar to last year’s, with most schools or colleges reporting they had consolidated the excellent grades achieved in 2011.

If students have out-performed their predecessors, it will be the 30th consecutive year in which national pass rates have risen.

But with rising tuition fees being blamed for a drop in applications, the traditional scramble for places could be a little easier than in recent years, with many universities appearing to be offering far more places through clearing.

Southampton Solent University , which will this year charge fees of £7,800, is expected to have about 500 places available through clearing, while the University of Southampton , where fees will be the full £9,000, has spaces on several courses.

The University of Winchester , where average fees are £8,500, is also accepting clearing applications for a handful of subjects.

Richard Kennett, Southampton University’s director of UK student recruitment, outreach and admissions, said: “Having looked at some university clearing listings there appear to be quite a lot of courses in clearing this year. There’s more complexity in the system this year. We’ve got a situation where there’s a decline in the demographic, with fewer 18-year-olds than last year, and we’ve got the fee situation which has some impact.”

Mr Kennett said students unclear on what to do next should speak to universities to get full details before making the important decision of where they are going to spend the next three years.

He said: “If it’s unclear what the decision by the university is then give them a call and see if there’s any flexibility.

“Be open-minded. If you can’t do a course on its own, are you willing to do it in combination with another that might be of interest? Think about issues like accommodation and the logistics of it all, like what financial support the university can offer.

Solent University’s head of recruitment, Dr Steve Lake added: “Some students may be put off from going to university for financial reasons, but I would urge them to think again. Many don’t realise there are no up-front fees to be paid.”

  • Southampton Solent University clearing hotline: 023 8001 1722
  • University of Southampton clearing hotline: 023 8059 8989
  • University of Winchester course enquiries: 01962 827234
  • UCAS exam results hotline: 0808 100 8000
  • Southampton City College: 023 8048 4848

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10:55am Thu 16 Aug 12

Of the Ilk says...

Congratulations to all who achieved their expected or better grades. If you did not achieve as well as you expected - it is not the end of the world. There are other alternatives.
Think about your future debts before embarking on a meaningless degree course.
Congratulations to all who achieved their expected or better grades. If you did not achieve as well as you expected - it is not the end of the world. There are other alternatives. Think about your future debts before embarking on a meaningless degree course. Of the Ilk

11:44am Thu 16 Aug 12

hulla baloo says...

The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking?
Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.
The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking? Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment. hulla baloo

11:53am Thu 16 Aug 12

Shoong says...

hulla baloo wrote:
The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking?
Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.
The job market is difficult but try not to lump them in all together.

There are ways and means of getting into a career if you can motivate yourself . Many employers now are willing to look at attitude instead of just what you know.

I didn't go to University (in some ways I wish I had) but an apprentice scheme coupled with some hard work and a willingness to learn has got me where I wanted to be, and I don't have massive debts to pay off.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking? Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.[/p][/quote]The job market is difficult but try not to lump them in all together. There are ways and means of getting into a career if you can motivate yourself . Many employers now are willing to look at attitude instead of just what you know. I didn't go to University (in some ways I wish I had) but an apprentice scheme coupled with some hard work and a willingness to learn has got me where I wanted to be, and I don't have massive debts to pay off. Shoong

12:07pm Thu 16 Aug 12

elvisimo says...

Get to university - get a part time job and you will have the best time of your life.
Get to university - get a part time job and you will have the best time of your life. elvisimo

1:45pm Thu 16 Aug 12

Georgem says...

hulla baloo wrote:
The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking?
Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.
Unemployment is actually falling at the moment. Also, can you explain this anomaly whereby somehow fast food chains are the only viable employers?

There are also alternatives to employment. Go start a business.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking? Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.[/p][/quote]Unemployment is actually falling at the moment. Also, can you explain this anomaly whereby somehow fast food chains are the only viable employers? There are also alternatives to employment. Go start a business. Georgem

2:15pm Thu 16 Aug 12

hulla baloo says...

Georgem wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking?
Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.
Unemployment is actually falling at the moment. Also, can you explain this anomaly whereby somehow fast food chains are the only viable employers?

There are also alternatives to employment. Go start a business.
Unemployment figures may be falling, but those actually unemployed/not working may be rising, if you take into account other benefits available.
Other reports suggest that it is the toughest jobs market for over 20 years, with 1 in 5 school leavers predicted not to get a job.
As for Mcdonalds and Burgerking, how many of the older generations do you see employed there?
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking? Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.[/p][/quote]Unemployment is actually falling at the moment. Also, can you explain this anomaly whereby somehow fast food chains are the only viable employers? There are also alternatives to employment. Go start a business.[/p][/quote]Unemployment figures may be falling, but those actually unemployed/not working may be rising, if you take into account other benefits available. Other reports suggest that it is the toughest jobs market for over 20 years, with 1 in 5 school leavers predicted not to get a job. As for Mcdonalds and Burgerking, how many of the older generations do you see employed there? hulla baloo

3:05pm Thu 16 Aug 12

Shoong says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Georgem wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking?
Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.
Unemployment is actually falling at the moment. Also, can you explain this anomaly whereby somehow fast food chains are the only viable employers?

There are also alternatives to employment. Go start a business.
Unemployment figures may be falling, but those actually unemployed/not working may be rising, if you take into account other benefits available.
Other reports suggest that it is the toughest jobs market for over 20 years, with 1 in 5 school leavers predicted not to get a job.
As for Mcdonalds and Burgerking, how many of the older generations do you see employed there?
Retired - after they have sucked the life out of you, you go into the mincer.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: The majority of other alternatives being Mcdonalds or Burgerking? Lets face it, no matter how well they achieved, and well done to them, the jobs market is very difficult, if not shrinking, at the moment.[/p][/quote]Unemployment is actually falling at the moment. Also, can you explain this anomaly whereby somehow fast food chains are the only viable employers? There are also alternatives to employment. Go start a business.[/p][/quote]Unemployment figures may be falling, but those actually unemployed/not working may be rising, if you take into account other benefits available. Other reports suggest that it is the toughest jobs market for over 20 years, with 1 in 5 school leavers predicted not to get a job. As for Mcdonalds and Burgerking, how many of the older generations do you see employed there?[/p][/quote]Retired - after they have sucked the life out of you, you go into the mincer. Shoong

4:26pm Thu 16 Aug 12

sarfhamton says...

Why do people start spouting off on here!

Well done to all of you who got what you wanted and those who didn't then retake as soon as you can, its not the end of the world.

Either way go out and party tonight with your mates.
Why do people start spouting off on here! Well done to all of you who got what you wanted and those who didn't then retake as soon as you can, its not the end of the world. Either way go out and party tonight with your mates. sarfhamton

6:58pm Thu 16 Aug 12

IronLady2010 says...

Well done to all those receiving their results, wether good or bad, you can make or break a great future if you work hard. In the mean time, go play hard tonight!

Well done x
Well done to all those receiving their results, wether good or bad, you can make or break a great future if you work hard. In the mean time, go play hard tonight! Well done x IronLady2010

11:33am Fri 17 Aug 12

sarfhamton says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Well done to all those receiving their results, wether good or bad, you can make or break a great future if you work hard. In the mean time, go play hard tonight!

Well done x
Sore heads today!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Well done to all those receiving their results, wether good or bad, you can make or break a great future if you work hard. In the mean time, go play hard tonight! Well done x[/p][/quote]Sore heads today! sarfhamton

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