Life After GCSE Results

Today is the day, hundreds of thousands of students across the UK will receive their long awaited GCSE results. Some of you will experience the long, hesitant walk up to their school doors and others will anxiously await to be informed of your results over the phone. This may seem like the be all and end all, and you may not know what your next step in education is following on from today, but whatever you do, don’t panic! There are plenty of options available to you after today.

For most sixth forms and colleges, there are specific grades you need to acquire in order to confirm your place. With your GCSE results in tow it’s now time to take matters into your own hands and choose the right route that will help you identify and fulfil your future goals and aspirations.

It isn’t uncommon that many of you won’t have an idea of what path you’d would like to progress with. This is a completely normal situation for any student to experience. With your GCSE grades, you are entitled to choose the subjects or enroll to any course that suits you and your particular field of interest.

“Exams Start… Now” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by shinealight

The best way to identify what you really want to do is brainstorm your interests and decide what stands out most to you. This will help target a subject or a course that sparks your interest. Remember, there is no point choosing something you aren’t passionate about, or base decisions on what your friends are doing, as ultimately you aren’t putting yourself first. Now you have the opportunity to take control and tackle something you carry passion for. Don’t waste your chance!

However, you still have options available to you in case you didn’t get your predicted grades.

All hope isn’t lost if you didn’t get the grades you wanted. If you think something’s amiss you can get your papers remarked or apply to resit your exams during the summer.

You can also apply for vocational courses; these qualifications open doors to a variety of apprenticeships. These courses provide you with the opportunity to apply yourself in specialist work-related qualifications, ranging from hospitality, engineering and childcare. At the end of the course you’ll receive a National Vocational Certificate after demonstrating competency in all tasks and you can apply to university with these qualifications.

Remember, it is important to consider all options before making a final decision on your next step after GCSEs. Whether you decide to apply to a sixth form or a college, complete A-Levels or a BTEC, ensure the subjects or courses you choose match your future ambitions and interests.

Advancing from your school years makes you more independent and aware of the direction you are taking in your studies, they will help you figure out what you want to aim for and achieve in life. Before now, school days consisted of compulsory subjects, but now you have the power to decide what you want to do, inline with your personal interests and ambitions. Choose the path that suits you.