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Education Authority congratulates young people on A-Level results

Education Authority congratulates young people on A-Level results

Senior representatives from the Education Authority (EA) today celebrated with pupils at Grosvenor Grammar and Bloomfield Collegiate as they received their A-Level results.

John Unsworth, Assistant Director for Education, praised the efforts of all young people across Northern Ireland receiving their results today saying:

“The A level results published today reflect the hard work and commitment of young people, the skill and dedication of their teachers and the support of their families and friends. The EA would like to congratulate everyone receiving their results today and acknowledge the hard work and dedication which has contributed to these outcomes.

“Students who did not achieve the grades they had hoped for should not be discouraged. There are many options available in education, training or employment and numerous sources of support and guidance. High quality professional advice and guidance is available through the Careers Service website. This can be accessed at

“The days following the publication of A Level results can bring many mixed emotions. For those who achieve their desired results it will be a day of great excitement and relief, but for others it can prove to be very stressful for both students and parents alike.  During the challenging days which may follow the results, it is important to remain positive, and be prepared to be proactive during what can be a stressful and uncertain time.”

Speaking during the visit to Grosvenor Grammar, where she serves on the school’s Board of Governors, EA Board member Rosemary Rainey said:

“We are at Grosvenor Grammar this morning and will later attend Bloomfield Collegiate to celebrate with pupils as they receive their long-awaited A-Level results.  This is a very important day for schools and young people right across Northern Ireland.

“Young people in Northern Ireland continue to excel and, along with schools, EA is committed to ensuring they are well prepared to meet challenges head on and make the most of new opportunities in the years ahead.

“This is the end of one chapter in the lives of these young people and, as they embark upon a new chapter, they will look back with gratitude on the contribution of those who have helped them throughout their time at school.

“I wish each and every young person receiving results across Northern Ireland today the very best, whichever pathway they choose for the future.”

  1. The Education Authority offers a limited number of Further Education Awards (Student Grants) each year for full-time and part-time students in Northern Ireland up to Level 3. Students who apply will be required to meet certain criteria and a means test will also be applied.
  2. Funds for Further Education Awards are limited and therefore it is essential that students apply on time. The closing date for applications for full-time FE Awards this year is Friday 31st August and applications will not be accepted after this date. The closing date for receipt of part-time applications is 28th September. Download an application form now at
  3. Students seeking entry to university may already be holding an offer. You will be able to track your university decisions via the UCAS website ( This can be a very useful tool to monitor the progress of your application and will give you the most up to date information.
  4. If you successfully achieve the grades or points required for your university course you will automatically be placed there and will receive confirmation from UCAS.
  5. Further Education Colleges offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses, including apprenticeships, higher level apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees, with the option of full-time or part-time study. For more information and details of Open Days, please see the College websites.
  6. For students who might have fallen short on grades required for entry to a university course, there can be an anxious wait in the days after results are published. It is important to use the university help lines to speak to university staff who can offer support. Where possible, you should plan to attend the University’s Post Results Advice Days where you can get an opportunity to meet directly with university staff and discuss your application.
  7. If you are eligible for the “Clearing System” this can be an option when you will be able to access places on courses which universities still have available. It is important to use this system carefully and avoid the temptation to accept a place on a course which you may have limited knowledge of. Take time to research the course and the university thoroughly.
  8. Make use of all the support that is on offer. Consider all options carefully and be cautious. If necessary, take a little bit of extra time to think things through before confirming your plans.
  9. Although many students may wish to continue with education there are also training, employment and volunteering opportunities available and these should be carefully considered.
  10. There can be many wide and varied routes to your chosen career, some will take the direct route others will take a more scenic route, but ultimately the destination can remain the same, it is just the journey which will differ. Your A Level results may help determine the route you take to achieving your chosen career but not your ultimate career destination!



The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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