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Christians advise how to deal with A- level result day

Thu 17 Aug 2017
By Tola Mbakwe

The nail biting anticipation is finally over for hundreds of thousands of young people waiting to get their A-level results.

This year's results broke several records including the fact that boys emerged as the winners in this summer's results, pulling ahead of girls in terms of A star and A grades for the first time in almost two decades.

Becca Artwright is among the record two per cent fall in admissions to universities across the UK this year. While some blame university costs, universities minister Jo Johnson denies it.

Artwright told Premier she wants to take a gap and work in France or Spain and when it comes to university she’ll see what God has in store.

She said: “It’s important that people know that there are other options and actually it can be a wonderful options because you can look for things that you never thought about before."

The number of students being awarded top marks has risen for the first time since 2011 with 26.3 per cent of grades As or A-stars.

The increase comes amid major changes to the qualifications with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout the course in England, as well as the decoupling of AS-levels, making them more challenging for students.

However, Ruth Jackson, Editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work said if things don't go a student's way one of most important things you can do is legitimise how they're feeling.

She said: “We have a tendency when stuff goes wrong, to jump in and say ‘you don’t need to be sad, it’s going to  be okay, look at me I didn’t do very well'.

“But actually I think it’s okay to say ‘it’s okay you feel disappointed, it’s okay you feel sad'. Their emotions are a lot more dramatic than ours; they’re a lot more irrational so when they say it’s the end of the world they actually mean that.”

Adam Jones, North West Team Leader for UCCF, which supports Christian Unions in Universities and Colleges, told Premier it’s important for young people to remember that God is with them throughout their whole education journey and to not spend too much time being down in the dumps.

“Do the research early and establish your options, but when you make those calls remember you’re not alone.

”God is present and active and he’s guiding and leading us.”

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