Advice for those receiving their results this summer.
Advice for those receiving their results this summer.


This point in the summer of exam results, preparation for what the next steps might be, and looking ahead to the future can generate mixed emotions for young people and their loved ones. Where some people may feel excitement, others may experience anxiety about the emotional, logistical or financial circumstances surrounding what happens next.

This leaflet sets out some support options for the summer, new academic year and beyond.

If there is something you think I can help you with, please get in touch. You can email jenny.rathbone@ or call 02920 256 255.

Jenny Rathbone MS

Member of the Senedd for Cardiff Central


UCAS – Clearing

UCAS has a dedicated space with information about results day and the process of Clearing. If you didn’t get the grades you needed to secure your first choice in higher education, there is a process that can help you to access the right option.

Careers Wales

Careers Wales has lots of information to help plan your career, prepare to get a job, and find and apply for the right apprenticeships, courses, and training. It includes insight into Welsh industries and what jobs you could do, now and in the future.

Student Finance Wales

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you can use Student Finance Wales to manage your finance account or start an application.

Student Funding Guides

Here you can search for published guidance from Senedd Research on student funding for the 2023-24 academic year.

Carers Wales

If you are a young person with caring responsibilities or you care for someone who may be making a transition into higher education, an apprenticeship, or the work-place, you may want to access support from people who understand your circumstances. Carers Wales have information, support, and community groups you can utilise.

Apprenticeships in Wales

A dedicated space on UCAS exists for finding apprenticeships in Wales, including information on what sort of careers might be most suitable after each type of apprenticeship.

The Student Room Uni Guide

The Student Room Uni Guide exists to help students make informed decisions about their higher education choices. The information they have compiled includes: searching and comparing more than 30,000 full-time and part-time degree courses; learning about over 300 universities and colleges; and hearing from current students about their experiences.

Save the Student

Save the Student provides free, impartial advice to students on how to make their money go further. This includes advice on budgeting, student banking and a guide for parents.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has a dedicated space discussing student housing, including rights and responsibilities for both halls of residence or privately owned accommodation.

National Union of Students (NUS)

The NUS represents university and college students in Wales.

Welsh Government

Your decisions around further studying or starting employment may be informed by the current cost-of-living crisis. The Welsh Government has a

comprehensive page dedicated to the support that’s available for people in Wales. There is also a dedicated section on funding and finance for students.

Options at 18

Careers Wales has a dedicated space to the options available to young people at 18, after leaving school or college, regardless of the qualifications they are leaving with.

BAME Helpline Wales

BAME Helpline Wales is a national multi-lingual helpline, for anyone over the age of 18 who identifies as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic. Helpline advisors can signpost to relevant organisations and services in your area, and provide specialist employment advice.

You can call them on 0300 222 5720 Monday- Friday, 10:30AM-2:30PM.

Mental Health Support

If your mental health is being affected by exam results or what comes next, there is help available. The C.A.L.L. Helpline is a dedicated mental health helpline. It pro­ vides confidential support to help you find support available in your local area. This includes voluntary and charitable organisations.

You can call them on 0800 132 737 or text 81066 for support.

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