GCSE results day is fast approaching and we hope you’re looking forward to the next steps in your education journey.
We understand that waiting for your GCSE results can also be a little daunting. The most important thing to remember is you made it to the end and you should feel proud of the work you put in. And, whatever your situation, there is always a solution.
We’ve pulled together a quick guide on what to expect on the day and what to do if you don’t get the results you hoped for.
How to prepare for GCSE results day
Hopefully you are feeling eager and excited to receive your results, but it can also be natural to feel anxious ahead of the day.Speaking to your parents, carers or friends about any worries can help. Remember, you are not alone.
If you are unsure about when you can pick up your results, or have not received an update, you should get in touch to tell us when you would like to come in.
You may want to think about whether you’d prefer to collect and open your results with your parent(s), with a group of friends for moral support, or on your own if that would make you feel more comfortable.
What will happen on results day
Your results will be emailed to you. However, campus will be open from 9am for anyone wanting to pick up their results in person or talk about next steps.There will be staff on campus so head to reception and they will direct you to where you need to go.
If you do not receive your results via email, contact your teacher.
What happens after GCSE results day/what are the next steps?
Appealing a GCSE grade
If you want to query your grade(s) – speak to your teacher in the subject or the head of department. They can request that the exam board reviews the marking of your exam entry.
If you need certain grades to get into a college or sixth form and you missed these, speak to your tutor as soon as possible to find out about what options are available to you.
There are many post-16 options available. These can include:
Apprenticeships are an opportunity to earn while you learn. You will also get a nationally recognised qualification at the end of it. Apprentices are employed from the word go and you will get support from a company that is committed to your development.
BTEC qualifications are a great alternative route to university and focus on practical courses. They are an opportunity to gain a qualification in an area you might be interested in pursuing a career in.
These courses are assessed on an ongoing basis through a mixture of coursework and exams.
A levels are the traditional route to higher education, allowing learners to specialise in a range of subjects. They aren’t just for university – they’re also respected qualifications to have for on-the-job training, a higher apprenticeship and for work.
T Levels are new, two-year qualifications focused on developing the practical skills employers look for.
T Levels will help you learn industry skills, prepare you for work, further training or further study. You will also have the opportunity to do a work placement.
The college Careers Service is here to help you make those important decisions and to help you plan the next steps towards your future. From applying to work, a college course, an apprenticeship or working out your interests, skills and aspirations, our careers advisers can provide you with the information, advice and guidance you need.
Can you retake GCSEs?
Yes you can. If you didn’t get the grades you wanted, you can always look at retaking them alongside a college course. Have a discussion with your teacher, who will be able to advise you.
What if you’ve done better than expected?
If you’ve done better than expected, congratulations! This is an opportunity to look at all your options and what you might want to do next.
If you have any questions about your results, speak to your teacher.
Don’t forget, you can also make the most of our Student Information Hub, where you’ll find information on work experience, careers and industry placements.