GCSE Results Day and the time around it can be really testing…for everyone in the family. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through it alone!
You can find out loads of general advice and information here and scroll down to find out what Moulton College can offer…
It’s really easy to say it, another thing completely to do it – but while you are waiting for your results – stay calm. GCSE results are important, but not everything. Let your family and friends know if you are worried, and they will do their best to help. You can’t change anything now about your results, but it will help to have a clear mind ahead of results day if you can!
Have a plan in place
It’s not about preparing yourself for the best case scenario and worst case scenario, but have a think about your plans for results day. Are you going in to school on your own, or with friends or family? What time are you going in to school, or are you having your results posted? Do you want to open your results in front of everyone or on your own? For some people, planning these things out might take some of the stresses away from the day. It is always good to think about what you’ll do if you haven’t got the results you need – whether that is looking at alternative courses, or even just noting down the phone number of other colleges you might want to apply to. Everyone’s plan will be unique, and some won’t need a plan – so think about what works best for you.
Finding out your results
Most people choose to go in to school to collect their results, but because of holidays, illness or other commitments this might not be possible. For data protection reasons, schools can’t give out results to you over the phone, but they can post them to your home address. If you can’t collect your results on the day, let your school know so they can post them out so you get them as soon as possible after 23 August!
What to do if your grades weren’t as good as you were expecting
It can be incredibly frustrating to open your envelope and find that you haven’t got what you were hoping for – particularly if you studied hard.
However, this doesn’t mean that all is lost. Although you will have been given a list of requirements needed to make the next stage of your education, there is always some leeway.
If lots of people didn’t make their grades, or if some people decided not to take their place, then your grades may still be good enough to allow you entry.
It is always worth getting in touch with where you have applied to and asking whether you could still study there, as you may be pleasantly surprised. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
What to do if your grades are really poor
Not everyone is academic – and GCSE exams do favour those who are. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t options for those who didn’t perform well.
There are many vocational courses and apprenticeships available at local colleges that teach you useful skills – and in many ways it is a better way to secure future employment, as a vocational course for example often leads directly into a job.
You may never have studied in this way before, but there is a chance that it might suit you. Everyone has their niche, and a vocational course could be yours. If you found that sitting and learning in a classroom bored you, then it is something to investigate.
Let your college know your results
Each college is different, especially if you are carrying on your studies with a sixth form at your school, but in some cases you will need to let the college you applied at know your GCSE results. They should let you know if you need to. Often you will need to take a photo of your results sheets and email it over to them – but check with them what the process is first!
Speak to your teachers
There is always somebody to speak to. Don’t be afraid to speak to your teachers or careers advisors at your school on results day who will be there to support you and guide you through what to do next. Even if you haven’t got the results you want, always ring the college you applied for to let them know your situation – they might still want to take you on, or can recommend alternative courses that would be suitable for you to enrol on instead.
There are always other options
For some people, A-levels are the be-all and end-all but you shouldn’t be too downhearted if that is not an option after your GCSE results. Practical-based, vocational courses and apprenticeships often have lower entry requirements, with just as good job prospects in the end as you can focus on a particular field. Ask for a prospectus or check the website of your local college to see what they can offer.
You’ve got time
The gap between Results Day and the start of college in September can seem really close if you haven’t got the results you need and are looking at other options – but many colleges accept applications well in to September, and you can sometimes start a few weeks late and catch up. It is recommended to get any late applications in as early as you can, but take the time to establish if the course will be right for you. Many colleges run open events at the end of August so you can take a look around and learn more about it.
You can give English and Maths another shot!
If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in English or Maths, then you will usually be required to re-try the exams alongside your college studies. This might seem like a pain, but it will be in a more relaxed environment than school and can make a big difference for your future career prospects!
GCSEs don’t need to define you
While GCSEs are really important, especially for getting you in to college or sixth form, if your grades aren’t perfect, then the best thing is that you’ve got an opportunity in September to start afresh. Results aren’t everything in life, and whether you are doing A-levels, a vocational course or an apprenticeship, the best thing is that they are likely to be in subjects and areas you have chosen, so you can put your GCSEs behind you, knuckle down and really focus on your new course to give it your best shot!
GCSE Results Drop-in Session at Moulton College
Thursday 23rd August 12 noon – 6.30pm
You’ll be able to speak to lecturers and support staff about the course options available to you, learn about financial assistance, and find out about our subsidised transport routes and student accommodation. You’ll also be able to make applications on the day, and we can guide you through the process if needed.If you can’t make it on 23 August, then don’t worry – our support staff will be around every weekday from 8am-5.30pm to answer any questions you might have – just give us a call on 01604 491131. You can also come along to our Open Event from 4pm-7pm on Wednesday 29 August, where you will be able to take a look around our facilities, speak to our lecturers and support staff and make an application. Click here to pre-register your place at the Open Event.
How do I apply for a course starting in September?
The quickest and easiest way to apply for courses at Moulton College is online. Click here to look at our subject areas, select the course you are interested in and follow the instructions. We’ll then invite you along to an informal interview to learn a bit more about you and your career goals as the next step of the application process.
We would recommend applying as soon as possible to start the process and so that we know you are interested. You can then learn a bit more about the course and the college on your interview date.