Getting advice after GCSE exam results
The day of GCSE results can be an emotional time, the first thing not to do is panic! Here is some advice on what to do next and some helpful links for more information about the different options available. The first step is to decide what you want to do now; there are lots of options out there, from continuing your studies with A Levels or College or starting to enter the workplace with an apprenticeship.
For those wanting to stay on and complete A Levels, you need to think what subjects you are most interested in and what you want to continue studying. If you haven’t already, speak to someone from your school’s Sixth Form department or ring the school you are interested in attending to get more information about what they offer. If you are thinking about attending University in the future, it might also be worth checking their entry requirements when thinking about A Level choices.
If you don’t want to stay on at school to complete A Levels, there is also the option of attending college to continue your studies. There are lots of colleges offering A Level equivalent courses or courses which allow you to specialise in a subject you want to focus on. As well as offering vocational courses which gives you the opportunity to study a career based subject.
Apprenticeships offer a great way to start your career and introduce you into the working world. There are lots of different areas to choose from such as: Engineering, Catering, Hairdressing and Barbering, Youth Work, Retail, Sport and many more.
The advantage of choosing to complete an apprenticeship is the flexibility they offer, by combining learning in the workplace with the independence of studying at a grown up college.
What if your GCSEs did not go to plan?
If you did not get the GCSE results you were expecting do not worry, there are plenty of options you can consider – make sure you do not rush into a decision take time to discuss things with your teachers and parents.
There is always the option to resit, you can retake your English and Maths in November but you have to wait until the summer to resit all other subjects. It is always worth speaking to your teachers to see whether it is still possible to take AS Levels or see what college courses are available instead.
If you need any further emotional support check out the following websites and helplines below:
The Exam Results Helpline - 0808 100 8000
Call ChildLine free on - 0800 1111