It’s GCSE Results Day - What’s next Part I
August 12, 2017
It’s GCSE Results Day: What’s next? Part I
Collecting your GCSE results will likely be your first time receiving official academic results in person. So, what can you expect (and what if things don't go as you expect)?
Try your best to not worry too much about results day as it approaches. Eat normally and get plenty of sleep the night before. Be open with your parents or carers about your upcoming results and any worries you may have; they’re there to help!
Know what time your school will open on the day, then make any arrangements for how you're going to get there. Think about whether you'd prefer to collect and open your results with your parent(s) or carer(s), in a group of friends for moral support, or perhaps just on your own.
On the day
Make sure your phone is charged so you can phone your family and friends once you receive your results, take some photos, even share your good news with the rest of the world on social media. If needed, you can use your phone's calculator to add up marks and grade boundaries.
Take some photo identification just in case, though it should be a teacher or someone who knows you who'll be handing you your results.
Remember that most of your school's building will be closed for the summer; you won't be able to hunt around for equipment.
Opening the envelope
You can either open your results alone, with your family, or with your friends – that’s up to you! If you want to open your results with as few people around you as possible, gointo school early. If you go in later, there will be more people hanging around who've already collected theirs.
Why grades matter
English and maths are important; there’s no escaping them. You should obtain at least a C in these subjects no matter what your plans are. Colleges and sixth forms look for these as a basic requirement to continue your studies, and universities typically have minimum English and maths requirements, whatever subject you're taking. Employers – even part-time ones for holiday seasons – may ask for these.
You need to do well in the subjects you want to continue studying. It's important to meet any grade requirements you've been set for the subjects you've chosen to study. Also, with changes to A-levels in the last few years, universities could look more closely at your GCSE grades when considering whether to make you an offer. Plus, depending on your chosen course, you may have GCSE entry requirements to meet, too.