So, today is the day. The dreaded results day, when thousands of students will be feeling over the moon or feeling quite sorry for themselves.
This years GCSE results are very different from previous years as the government have decided to base the examination in the 9 – 1 style. This style of examination is focused on tougher content to challenged the most gifted of students, So it’s understandable if you didn’t achieve the grades you were aiming for.
You may be feeling upset or panicky as you don’t know what you are going to do next, but don’t worry there are still plenty of options for you. Wether you didn’t achieve the GCSE results you were hoping for or just missed out on the grades you wanted, we are here to help.
Speak to your teachers
Your first call to action should be your teacher. It is likely they have plenty of experience with students in the same situation. Because of this they should be able to give you excellent advice on what to do if you did not achieve the GCSE results you wanted.
Wether it’s your subject teacher or head of year they should be able to give you advice on what next steps you should take. They may suggest that you appeal your grades or help with resitting you’re exams, or even helping you choose a different college all together.
Make an appeal
If you feel that your paper has been marked incorrectly or you are certain that someone has made a mistake you always have the option to appeal for you exam to be remarked. You may only do this within two weeks of receiving your GCSE results.
The request may only be sent by your school or college on your behalf. But beware that there is also a chance that your grade can go down if you were graded to high on a certain topic.
If the college or sixth form that you would like to go to depends on your grade being changed, they may let you study with them while you wait for your results to come in.
You can visit the AQA appeal page for more information on this matter.
Just remember you usually would have to pay a fee which can only be refunded if your grades change from what you originally had.
Kickstart your career
If resitting your GCSE is not the right option for you, then you can always start thinking about what career path you would like to go down.
If you have a certain career choice in mind, research all the possibilities and requirements you will need to hit to get your foot in the door and start working. There are many different options which you can take. An Apprenticeship might be a fantastic choice for you.
If you are unsure of what career you would like to pursue, sit down and talk with someone about what options you have. A good idea is to write a list of your interests and strengths. You can get a good idea what you are good at and how you could be putting these skills to use.
There are loads of careers out there that could be right for you and a lot of them you don’t need any GCSE at all. So do your research and find out what suits you!
If you still want to be in education but want to get a good start in your career, an Apprenticeship is a fantastic choice.
With an Apprenticeship you can start the job you want while studying professional qualifications and be getting paid all at the same time. Stereotype may suggest that an Apprenticeship is just for manual jobs, but this couldn’t be further from he truth. You can do an Apprenticeship in many more advance qualifications like Accountancy, Digital Marketing, Childcare, HR, Management and many more.
If you would like to learn more about Apprenticeships and find a course that suits you, then head over to our Apprenticeship. We specialise in Apprenticeships and have a fantastic expert team that you can talk to anytime.