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What is going to happen about my exams?

Even though we are living in very strange times, DESTINATION.org.uk is here to help ensure that the coronavirus doesn't affect your future! 
WHO AM I?

Hi, my name is Graham and for over 25 years I have been helping young people to plan their future. Last year, I wrote and published the book DESTINATION ADULTHOOD which is packed full of great advice to ensure that people can plan the future that they want. 

 

I thought it my be useful if I used all my knowledge and experience to provide a FREE RESOURCE for you to access and ensure that the effects of the coronavirus and COVID-19 don't affect your future!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

My aim is to continually keep adding to the site with content that I feel will be relevant and interesting. If you would like to ask a question please use the contact box below and I'll add it to the list - please don't be shy, if you are thinking it then others probably are too.  

How are exams going to be calculated?

The simple answer is that your grades are going to be decided by the teachers that teach the subjects you are studying. Whilst no definitive guidance or formula has yet been issued it will be a combination of predicted grades, coursework, prior attainment, and no doubt their gut feeling on how they thought students would perform on the day.

 

Whatever method is used  - they will be formal grades and they will have the same status as other years. This means that they 'should' be accepted by colleges and Universities - though this has yet to be confirmed. Those looking to advance to a course at their school's 6th form college should have no trouble as entrance requirements tend to be less reliant on grades. 

As colleges and universities have yet to confirm how they will allocate places it may be an option for the popular and over-subscribed courses & institutions to put entrance exams in place. Please note that no proposals have been discussed publicly but some form of demarcation will need to be undertaken.  

For the latest information please visit: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

Am I going to lose out because I didn't take exams?

Ultimately no one is going to lose out. Even if you don't get the grades you feel you deserve, you will have the option to appeal and/or resit - either in 12 months time or possibly sooner if the Government decides to offer post-Covid-19 'resits'. Again nothing has been confirmed. 

It is important to realise that even if you get lower than expected grades (whether you sat an exam or not), it isn't the end of the world. Once you leave school we all start a journey towards reaching a future destination. Some people go straight to A levels and University, some resit exams and reach university a year later that expected, some do an Apprenticeship and get a job and some will do an Apprenticeship that involves going to University. There really aren't any set rules after school and this means that whatever your grades you won't lose out - you'll just take a different route!

What am I going to do for 12 weeks?

If you were due to sit GCSE's or A Levels then you have effectively completed this stage of your life journey and therefore you should start thinking about the next - whatever this will be.

 

At the moment we don't know how universities and colleges will allocate places but one way would be to hold interviews. If this is the case then they will almost certainly ask you what did during this period of social distancing - and proudly listing the Netflix boxsets you've smashed through will not be the best answer. They will be looking for ways that you have shown interest in the subjects that you are hoping to study. Perhaps you have read a couple of key coursework books or watched some relevant YouTube videos. Course leaders want to be assured that they offer places to people who are interested in the subject and in these unusual times it might be best to prepare for every eventuality. 

If you have now left education then it's time to start thinking about getting either a job or an apprenticeship. With colleges closing its unlikely that any new apprenticeships will start until they reopen, but this means it's a great time to start thinking about the type of job you want and identifying the companies that might be in a position to offer you a place. 

You should certainly be starting to refine your CV and identifying the areas that need filling out. You might find that there are some local part-time job vacancies around, especially with people self isolating. Alternatively there might also be volunteering opportunities. It goes without saying that you should follow the latest guidelines - but getting some work experience on your CV is a great way to impress potential employers.   

Is this going to ruin my life?

No. Covid-19 is going to affect all our lives for many years to come - possibly in ways that we don't even expect. However, it is important to remember that everyone is in it together. How you come out of this will depend largely on how you want to come out of it. 

 

If you want to get into a certain college, get on a certain course or get a particular apprenticeship - you need to do everything you can to make it possible - make sure you follow them on social media, keeping checking for updates on their website, and maybe even follow key people on LinkedIn. Also sign up for updates on this site and you'll receive 

the latest information of areas that might affect your future planning. 

  

What can I do to improve my health & wellbeing - as I'm struggling at the moment?

There is no escaping the fact that these are worrying times for everyone. However, in and amongst lots of important information - there is a lot of disinformation - and for many it is this that causes the anxiety and the worry. 

This is a really useful graphic that has been doing the rounds on social media: 

Will anything positive come out of the coronavirus?

Yes, we might not yet know ​what they are - but some good things will happen. For some, they might get unexpected volunteering opportunities or collectively we might create new ways of working (i.e. remotely) that might change our daily lives. This is an event that will be remembered alongside the two World Wars and life will undoubtedly be different when we get through it.     

When will everything get back to normal?

 

Sadly we don't know the answer to this. Most sports have been delayed until 30 April, older people have been asked to self isolate for 12 weeks (which is early June) and a host of early summer events such as Glastonbury (end of June) have been cancelled so it's unlikely things will be back to normal before July.   

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NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Over the next few weeks I going to try and put as much information as possible on this site. If in the meantime you require more help and support can I suggest either using the following links below or you could even purchase my book DESTINATION ADULTHOOD. For the immediate future I am giving a 20% discount on the price if you use the code MYFUTURE and buy from this site. 

Alternatively you can buy it on AMAZON, WATERSTONES or FOYLES books. 

USEFUL LINKS

Below you will find a list of useful links - I will try to keep updating it when I find some information that is relevant and interesting. 

Government Guidelines 

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Public Health England

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

NHS England

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk

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