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01 August 2018

Everything you need to know about GCSE results day

GCSE results day 2018

With GCSE results day approaching quicker than you can say “GCSE", it’s time to prepare for this big day. On 23 August students across the UK will be eagerly waiting to receive their GCSE exam results in preparation for their next steps. While it can be a stressful experience, it’s important to acknowledge that you are not alone. There are a number of alternative options available and you can make the day a little more enjoyable. Our blog explains all you need to know about GCSE results day:

How do I collect my GCSE results?

Collecting your results is easy! Usually, you will be directed into your school hall before being handed your exam results in an envelope. It’s up to you whether you decide to save or open your exam results straight away, but we recommend that you open the envelope there and then to avoid prolonging the uncertainty. This also gives you the opportunity to speak to your teachers who will often be available throughout the morning to discuss your results and to help you decide your next steps.

I've collected my GCSE results, what do I do now?

Your results will help you confirm if you have your place at sixth form or college. Remember to check the requirements for your next steps and if in doubt, speak to your school. If you receive your predicted results, you should expect to hear from the sixth form or college you applied for within a few days.  

What if I haven't got the results?

First things first, don’t panic. If you haven’t got the results for your placement, you may want to consider finding out if you can re-take the exams by speaking to your school administrator. If you have lower scores than expected and can’t re-take the exam, your school careers advisers can help you find out about alternative options. No matter what your GCSE results sheet says, there are always alternative routes available.  

Consider your options

If you change your mind or haven’t got the grades you were hoping for, have no fear, there are other ways to achieve your career goals. Traineeships are a great stepping stone into an apprenticeship and can help prepare you for the workplace.

You might be qualified to jump straight into the process of applying for an apprenticeship. This might seem like a scary step to take so early, but our apprenticeship team can help guide you through this, from start to finish.

Apprenticeships allow you to earn a wage and work towards a qualification while learning valuable skills, and young people are increasingly choosing the apprenticeship route as it offers them the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff and multiple career progression opportunities. 

Get in touch with our apprenticeship team to find out more information on alternative career routes.