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GCSE Results Day And Your Options

posted by Carla on Monday, 1 August 2016


Official figures state that, the gap between boys and girls achieving the top A* grades narrowed this year, with male students gaining 8.5 per cent of top A* grades compared with 7.7 per cent for females. It also emerged that the proportion of top grades (A*-A) fell by 0.1 percentage point to 25.8 per cent compared to 25.9 per cent last year.

The pass rate for the top grades follows a trend seen across this decade, with another drop on last year’s results to 25.8 per cent of students getting A or A* across all subjects.
Students have performed well in mathematics and foreign languages, while courses such as ICT and media studies have struggled to get their students achieving the top grades in 2017.

Done better than expected in one particular subject?

An A* at GCSE does not guarantee sailing through A-level. A-level studies require passion and perseverance in equal measure.

What happens if you don’t get the GCSE results you were hoping for?

If the student feels they could have done better re-taking the exam is an option. Exam results are important for getting into universities, applying for jobs, apprenticeships and getting onto A -level courses. Retaking exams – it’s possible to retake your GCSEs. English and Maths can be retaken in November and the rest the following summer.


Students in England whose results are below a C in Maths and English have to continue these subjects further, in line with government legislation. Most schools and colleges will let you resit your Maths and English GCSEs alongside your other courses


With A levels, if a particular grade is needed then it could be worth resitting, but check if the university will accept them anyway, or if they can apply to another university through clearing.


The awarded certificate will be sent directly approximately three months after results day. Ensure you collect it or have it posted as soon as possible. You will need it to show to any future employers or further education establishments.

Results are in: What next?

You’re more likely to be able to go into Further Education or get a good job if you have five or more GCSEs at grade C or above. Many sixth-forms and colleges do expect at least C grades but some schools may take pupils with lower grades, so it’s worth giving them a call to check.

Other Options

Regardless of whether the required results were achieved or not it is important to remember there is time and there are options. Perhaps the school format wasn’t for you.

Try another college or school – if you choose the second option and give them a call they may be able to accommodate you. Distance Learning is getting ever more popular enabling students to learn and earn as well as offering the flexibility of e-learning.

Apprenticeships – these are a great way to gain entry into the work place whilst still learning.

Getting a job – there is the option of going straight into work. Many people work their way up the career ladder – but think about your chosen career and how far you’d be able to progress without further qualifications. You could also study along side the job gaining the qualifications you need whilst getting experience. You can view our courses here and see how we have helped some students in the past in our Case Studies.

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