With A level results out in a few weeks, many parents and teenagers are anxiously awaiting confirmation from #UCAS of a #university place in the autumn. Signs are good with reports of more places available this year, so don’t be put off if the grades received have slipped slightly.

In this event, the single most important piece of advice is to act swiftly and pick up the phone. It is second nature for a parent to want to put things right for their offspring, but in this instance, stand back and let your teenager make the calls.

Universities with places to fill will be looking for motivated, enthusiastic students who demonstrate an ability to live and study away from home. An anxious parent is not who they want to hear from, rather a keen teenager who can show they are not put off by a bit of grade slippage and can express why they still really want to study that course at their university.

A bit of preparation and practice in advance of results day will help.

Gather all the paperwork and course prospectuses together now and have admissions contact numbers ready.

Re-read the course structure and modular content, to appear enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the parts of the course that appeal to you.

Consider why you chose that university in particular and what you have to offer by way of getting involved within the university community. Sport, The Arts, volunteering, work experience abroad-university is all about new experiences and broadening your horizons.

Texting, social media and email mean today’s teenagers don’t often talk in a ‘business-like’ way on the phone, so doing a few mock conversations with tips on how to appear confident, concise and credible will help.

updated 9th July 2019