It’s GCSE Results Day - What’s next Part II

August 18, 2017

It’s GCSE Results Day: What’s next? Part II

GCSE Results Day 2017

What happens if you don’t get the grades you hoped for?

Yes, you'll hear this a lot, but don’t panic. This isn’t the end of the world even if it seems like it. Right now, you have a number of options and paths open to you:



If you don’t achieve at least a C in your Maths and English GCSEs, you’ll have to resitthese to proceed to A-level (or other) study. Resits for these can be taken in November so you can rectify this one quite quickly.

Retakes for other subjects take place the following June. You may be allowed to proceed with your A-levels and take a resit while you do so (though this will be up to your sixth form or college to decide, based on your grades and other factors).

Just remember, you'll need to be fully committed to juggling the extra study and exams.

Changing subjects/courses

If you needed certain grades to get into a college or sixth form and you missed these, speak to them as soon as possible to find out if they will still accept you. If they won't accept you to the original courses you applied to, find out about similar courses they offer.

If you did surprisingly well in a particular GCSE subject or you've been rethinking your greater goals and ambitions, speak to your college or sixth form as soon as possible to see if switching A-level subjects is possible. Provided you meet the entry requirements, there are still spaces on those courses and it doesn’t create any conflicts in your timetable, this shouldn’t be a problem.

If you're not sure what you want to do, so-called 'facilitating' subjects – sciences, English, geography, history, maths or languages – typically allow you to keep your options open and progress into a wide array of subjects at a higher level.

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