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Exam results – important information is online now

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Employment and Learning

For thousands of students across Northern Ireland the waiting is nearly over. Exam results will be published on 15 August (AS Levels/ A-Levels) and 22 August (GCSEs) and important decisions will need to be made.

Deciding what do to after examination results are known can be difficult for many students and their parents / guardians. In today’s economic climate it is even more important to get good advice on the options available.

The Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service has a team of professionally qualified careers advisers who offer impartial careers information, advice and guidance to people of all ages. Their services are in high demand from young people and their parents or guardians throughout the course of the academic year, and especially at results time when important decisions have to be made.

Careers advisers are based throughout Northern Ireland in Jobs and Benefits offices, Job Centres, Careers Offices and in three Careers Resource Centres in Belfast, Dungannon and Londonderry. More information and details of how to contact your local careers adviser is available at or by calling 0300 200 7820 from 9AM to 5PM.

The nidirect website holds a wide range of useful information on a number of relevant topics, including:

  • exams results dates
  • staying on in school
  • going to college
  • apprenticeships / training options
  • university and higher education
  • student finance
  • gap years
  • course finder
  • finding your first job
  • contact information
  • qualifications explained
  • student accommodation

The Careers Service welcomes the participation of parents and guardians in the guidance process and recognises that their support is really important when key decisions are being made. “A Guide for Parents – how to help your child with future career plans” has been developed by the Careers Service. It aims to assist parents/guardians support their children in future career planning and provide information on the different aspects of careers information, advice and guidance. It is available from also contains extensive information on education, learning and skills, as well as information on a full range of government services.

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