GCSE results day is on August 25th 2016 and may be filled with excitement or disappointment for many students this year but whatever happens, always remember you have options at your disposal.
Here are some scenerios:
Your grades are great
Congratulations! All that hard work has paid off. Celebrate with your family and friends and consider your next move. You may already know what you want to do next with the choices available to you. The obvious route is to do AS and A levels.
Did you find studying hard work? It may be that a more vocational route is better suited but don’t shy away from further education because of laziness; it may be something you’ll regret later.
You’re unhappy with your grades
If you thought you would or could have received better grades than talk to your teacher or exam officer straight away as there are deadlines. They can request a copy of your marked paper to check if an EAR (Enquiry about results) is needed.
You can, of course resit the exam, if the result is really important for what you want to do. Due to the new 100% terminal rule you must take 100% of the exams in one sitting in order to get a certificate. This means taking all the units in the next exam season. Check with your school on your options. English and maths can be retaken in November.
It’s important to note that once you have a new grade from any re-taken exams they are final and will replace your previous grade, whether they were better or worse.
GCSE results were a disaster and you want to move on.
If you didn’t achieve anything worthwhile in your GCSE results and want to move on from education there are apprenticeship and employment opportunities available.
Check out the following resources to help you on the road to a better future:
The Total centre provides apprenticeships around the UK with flexible entry requirements.