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A comprehensive ‘Results Day Survival Guide’ has been created by

A record 220,000 students face being rejected from University this summer, 50,000 more than in 2010, an increase that has been attributed to a student rush to beat the 2012 tuition fee increase. An emergency student results-day survival pack produced by the UK’s leading post school careers specialists aims to show young people just what is out there for them, especially if they fail to get the grades they were expecting.

A comprehensive ‘Results Day Survival Guide’ has been created by, a website that aims to freely assist young people faced with decisions about their future.

More than a third of applying students, 220,000, face being rejected from university this summer amid unprecedented demand for higher education, as students rush to beat the introduction of annual tuition fees of up to £9,000 from 2012. This figure is up 50,000 from 170,000 rejected students in 2010, a figure that stood at 140,000 in 2009.

The free to download survival guide contains details for concerned or confused students and explains the benefits of vocational training including apprenticeships, employer funded study, distance learning, entrepreneurship and gap year options plus handy hints on getting through Results Day itself.

The guide, which is free for download, use and reproduction, can be seen here:

The guide was created to help school and college leavers make informed choices about a future with or without university. It has been released to coincide with A-Level Results Day on Thursday 18th August 2011.

Sarah Clover, Communications Director for, is keen to stress to those that miss out on a place at university that there are many excellent alternatives open to them which they may not even be aware of.

“Not going to uni is definitely not the end of the world and many people later find that it is the best thing that ever happened to them. I thoroughly recommend that young people explore all options before making any decisions as there are many ways to achieve your career goals. There are ways to get a degree for free, such as sponsored degrees or at a fraction of the cost of attending a full time degree course at university, such as distance learning. Apprenticeships and other kinds of vocational training offer a fantastic alternative to uni, you get paid while you are learning and with 9 out of 10 apprentices in work or education upon completing their apprenticeship, I strongly feel that young people should be made more aware of this debt free option.”

2010 statistics show that university leavers can expect to earn £100k more in their lifetime than people that leave education with their A-Levels. However, a report carried out by Steven McIntosh, University of Sheffield, revealed that the Net Present Value of benefits over costs for those who complete an Apprenticeship is estimated to be around £105,000 at a Level 3 and around £73,000 at Level 2 showing that there are substantial increases in earning for those who take the vocational route too.

Sarah Clover continued,

“There was a 7% increase in young people choosing to start an apprenticeship last year, with 240,000 deciding it was the right choice for them which shows a positive shift away from the previous obsession with the traditional university route.

“However, one important point to make about apprenticeships is that if you do decide to go to university, you will struggle to take the apprenticeship route afterwards, as employers and training providers receive no funding for those who have already studied to degree level. This is a key piece of information that many young people who contact us at tell us would have altered their chosen career path if they had known about it.”

“Despite our name we are not interested in forcing students to choose between university and vocational options or trying to prevent anyone taking the academic route if that is what they want to do. What we care about is providing young people with the information they require to help make an informed decision about how best to achieve their goals in a chosen career, preferably without incurring the massive debt that accompanies a full time degree course, something which sadly seems to be lacking in careers guidance at many schools and colleges.”

The ‘Results Day Survival Guide’ contains unbiased advice and an array of case studies aimed at showing school or college leavers some of the wide range of alternatives to university, and clearly explains the post-A-Level routes available, with particular emphasis on work-based ‘vocational’ learning, debt free degree options and practical advice on how to find a job.


For further information or to speak to Sarah Clover, please contact Rich Leigh, 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency on 01452 348 211, or

Editor’s Notes: is dedicated to helping young people make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of university. University is great for many people & UCAS has long existed to show students the courses available. shows the other side and can be described as the ‘non-graduate UCAS’.

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