CADARN Learning Portal provides support to A Level students ahead of results day

The CADARN Learning Portal www.cadarn.ac.uk is reaching out to A Level students ahead of exam results day, 13th August 2015. With a database of over 1,000 courses at five universities in Wales, potential students can browse the subjects that interest them, in the location of their choice as well as view online teaching resources to get a taste of what certain courses will involve.

In 2014, Which? revealed that a number of students didn’t have a back-up plan if they failed to achieve the desired grades. More than half (54%) of A Level candidates said they had not considered what they would do if their results were poorer than expected and almost three quarters (70%) of applicants hadn’t researched the clearing process for unfilled places. 

The CADARN Learning Portal project manager, Tom Bartlett, explains: “We are aware that a number of A level students will still be undecided as to which route to take at the end of the summer. Some will be planning on taking a gap year while others will still be undecided as to whether higher education is for them. We urge these students to visit our portal and browse the options available at a number of Welsh universities. Similarly, for those students who don’t receive the grades they require next week, they will want to assess their options, defer going to University for a year or change direction completely. Our portal can help them make an informed decision.”

Through the CADARN Learning Portal, you can view a selection of educational videos and media that offer a taste of what a student may encounter whilst studying – for example, this one demonstrating sheep heart dissection. If it’s a subject that interests you then click on the accompanying links which direct you to the relevant course at the relevant University.

The portal, funded by HEFCW, supports and stimulates the production of online and open educational resources across a partnership of Welsh universities. The educational media produced by the partnership are promoted online within a comprehensive database of courses maintained at the Learning Portal to inspire new students from all walks of life into higher education.

The CADARN partnership currently includes Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and The Open University in Wales.

For further information, please contact:

CADARN Press Office
Esyllt Sears, 07980 782 484 / 01970 800 524
esyllt@cadarn.ac.uk

Notes to editors:
The CADARN Learning Portal supports and stimulates the production of online and open educational resources and access to bilingual learning across its partnership of Welsh universities: Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and The Open University in Wales. These resources are promoted on the online Learning Portal to also inspire new students from all walks of life into higher education.

In addition to the Learning Portal, the £1.5m HEFCW funded project has financed a set of audio visual equipment, recording spaces and a small mobile production team to assist teaching staff to produce some of the educational resources that will be shared through the portal.

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