Exam results day: Where to go next?

As thousands of Scottish school pupils find out their exam results, we look at two different career paths for further learning.

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Full report: The avenues after A-levels

Teenagers in Cumbria may have felt nerves, excitement, relief and disappointment as they receive their A-level results. After months of hard work many students will be able to make a decision where to go next, whether they go into further education, take a gap year or go straight into employment.

Katie Hunter spent the morning at William Howard School in Brampton

Cumbrian students get higher grades than last year

Early indications are suggestive that students across Cumbria have achieved higher A-level grades than last year.

29% of students got three or more A and B grades. However, the amount of students getting at least one A-level or Level 3 qualification has stayed at the same level as last year.

“These initial results suggest that Cumbria’s students are on course for some excellent results again this year. Gaining good qualifications has never been so important in this very competitive education and employment market.

These results are a clear demonstration of the hard work and perseverance of students and school staff and of the support offered by parents and carers.

While we join in celebration, we must also recognise that amongst the many students involved, not everyone will achieve the results they had hoped for today. These young people will no doubt be in need of reassurance and they must take confidence in the support that is available for them, through their schools and colleges, to help them consider their next steps.”

– John Macilwraith, Cumbria County Council’s Acting Corporate Director for Children’s Services

However, further verification is needed into the exam result statistics and it's expected the results may vary as a result.

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Wait is over for A-level results

Teenagers will receive their A-level results
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Thousands of teenagers across Cumbria are waking up to receive their A-level results this morning.

After months of hard work and revision, many will find out if they've made it into the university of their choice.

In Lookaround tonight (14th August) we'll be speaking to two people - who took two very different routes - about their further education.

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Remarkable discovery of 4,000-year-old gold

Four schoolboys from Alston, Cumbria, have found an ancient gold hair tress.

The gold hair tress is the partner to an ornament found in 1935
The gold hair tress is the partner to an ornament found in 1935 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The discovery was made when the youngsters, all from Alston Primary School, had taken part in a community dig at Randalholme Farm in Northumberland. They had been inspired by an archaeology project at school.

The 4,300-year old hair tress is the partner gold ornament to a one found during a previous dig at the site in 1935 led by Herbert Maryon which was found by one of the four boys - Luca's - great-grandfather.

They told ITV about their discovery:

The exam results are out for Scottish students - but how did they do?

The wait is over for thousands of students in the region after the Scottish Highers and National qualification exam results were published today.

Nationally, the number of students gaining a C-grade or above in their Highers was 77.1 per cent In the Borders that figure was 80 per cent, while in Dumfries and Galloway had it's best result for Highers for a decade, with a 78.4 per cent pass rate.

Depending on their exams results, pupils will now have to make a choice about what to do when they leave school.

They can choose to go on to higher education, start an apprenticeship or even go straight into work.

Lori Carnochan met two young men who want the same job, but have chosen very different career paths.

Scottish exam results: Where to go for help

Help is at hand for students picking up their exam results in the South of Scotland today.

If you haven't got the results you wanted - or you want to speak to someone about your future - they should phone their school in the first instance where staff will be on hand to help.

Alternatively, you can also call the Skills Development Scotland's helpline on 0808 100 8000.

This is open from 8am until 8pm on 5 and 6 August and 9am until 5pm on weekdays until 13 August.

The helpline will also be open from 10am until 4pm at weekends.

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