Wednesday, 21 August 2013

GCSE results – what next?

The Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000
Nick Hynes, Exam Results Helpline adviser
By Nick Hynes, Exam Results Helpline careers adviser.

Congratulations in advance to all of you who receive the GCSE results you want on Thursday, and also to those of you who do even better than expected – well done!

We are here at the Exam Results Helpline to offer free, impartial and expert advice about your options and next steps. Simply call us on 0808 100 8000 to speak to a careers adviser. Lines are open daily until Saturday 24 August and calls are free from a landline. But in the meantime, here are our top tips to help you with your next steps:

Stay calm!
First off, if you don’t get the grades you want or need for university or college – don’t panic. You have LOTS of options so stay calm and seek advice.

Contact the university or college directly
If your grades are lower than you needed for university or college, take a few deep breaths and contact them to explain your situation. There’s still a chance that they’ll be willing to accept you or offer you a different course. Make sure you have a list of reasons to hand about why you would be a good candidate for the course.

If you’re unsuccessful, take some time to think about your next steps. You could try Clearing to find a course somewhere else – that’s what Ollie did, you can hear his story in our previous blog post.

Core subjects such as maths, English and science are important, and universities and colleges often require at least a grade ‘C’ in each.  If you haven’t reached this grade in these subjects, you may want to look at why and explore re-sitting your exams with your school or college, so that you can reapply to university or college next year.

Gap years
If you decide that re-sits are for you, waiting another year before starting a course may seem like a set-back but it is also a fantastic opportunity for you to gain extra skills and confidence to help you when you do reach higher education or employment. This is how Tanya approached her gap year and she didn’t regret it – hear what she has to say.

If you would like to speak to someone about the above options, plus anything else that might be worrying you about your future and next steps, call the Exam Results Helpline for free independent and expert careers advice on 0808 100 8000.

We are happy to speak to students and families! 

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