GCSE Results Day – Everything you Need to know
So, the long-awaited day arrives (GCSE Results Day) and you finally get your results through. This is what you have been working towards for the last year and waiting for the entire summer.
Hundreds of thousands of students will all be receiving their GCSE results on the same day (24th August 2017), for those who get the grades they need, congratulations and well done! For those where it didn’t quite go to plan, don’t worry, you just need to come up with a ‘Plan B’.
Good or bad, there are always options for you once you know what your grades are. The first thing (always) is not to panic, there is always a solution for everything, even when it doesn’t feel like it.
What to do if you just miss the grades you want
If you just miss the grades you wanted or needed to move on to your chosen Sixth Form or College, talk to your teachers at your school or speak with the examination centre. They will be able to best advise you on how to progress forward.
You do have the option to request for the exam papers to be remarked, but this does come with a fee, which you will only get back if the grade you are awarded changes.
What to do if you’re not happy with your grades
You may have had your heart set on getting all A*s and not a single C, but as it turns out you have ended up with some Bs and a couple of Ds. That’s OK though, you can either accept the grades and find a Sixth Form or College where you can progress on with your studies, or you can think about re-sitting the GCSEs that you’re not happy with.
How to retake your GCSEs
When it comes to retaking your exams, you can re-register with your examination centre to attempt the exams again in January.
Alternatively, if you feel you need or want more time to re-cover the whole course again, then you need to find somewhere you can do this. There are several options for where you can do this, you can either repeat your year at your school or enrol with a distance learning college and study from home or enrol with a local college to do them again.
What to do if you don’t want to progress to Sixth Form or College
The obvious way forward when you don’t want to carry on in Sixth Form or College is going into the workplace. You may find though that employers want you to have a few more qualifications than just GCSEs, so you may want to consider studying something vocational alongside working. There are several vocational courses you can study to gain Professional Diplomas to help you progress in the workplace, or you may want to join an apprenticeships scheme and get trained in a trade.