Waiting for GCSE results day? Not sure what to do next? We have some tips and advice to help you…
Some Useful GCSE Results Day Tips:
If you have applied to a college or sixth form, you will need to know HOW to show them your results and enrol. Make sure you know this.
If you have an offer of an apprenticeship, is it dependant on your GCSE results? If so, you should send them a copy of their results, so call them and ask how you send them.
Bear in mind that, if you do not pass your Maths or English (Grade 4 or above), it is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT that you MUST resit these – so any college or sixth form you apply to will make you study these until you pass.
No plans or considering alternative?
Don’t panic! Do some research to ease the stress!
Apprenticeship vacancies are available on the National Government Apprenticeships website Browse these and see what opportunities are out there.
Check out College and Sixth form websites for courses that interest you. Note down their contact details and get in touch. They may ask what your GCSE results where, so these have to hand.
Know the difference between A Levels and BTECs
Remember: A Levels are exam-based, whereas BTECs use written assignments throughout the year. Both may include practical elements, depending on the course you apply for.
Steps to Follow on GCSE Results Day:
Seek Advice – talk to your school/college careers adviser before making any decisions.
Find out what courses are available from college and sixth form websites.
Talk to sixth forms and colleges directly and have your results to hand. If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for, they can still help (possibly even offer you alternative courses) so still contact them.
The UCAS website has a section specially designed to help 16-year-olds consider their future options.
And remember, if you don’t get the results you were expecting or hoping for (or maybe you did as badly as you feared) the important thing to remember is “Don’t Panic!”. It’s not the end of the world. There are always other ways to get where you want to go and people who can offer you help and advice. All you need to do is contact them.
Had your A level results? Career Connect has some tips and advice to help you get the best outcome on results day….
Don’t be disappointed if you cannot see (and hug) school or college friends or celebrate on results day. Practicing social distancing is still essential and will help to prevent further spread of the virus. Remember to take your mask and hand sanitizer with you as this will also stop the spread of the virus.
When You Know Your Results:
Make sure you have your UCAS Track login details and UCAS ID number handy.
All Clearing vacancies are listed on the UCAS website. This means you can browse through vacancies now, in preparation for Thursday 18 August.
Apprenticeship vacancies are already available on the National Government Website. Browse these now to see what opportunities are out there if you are considering this option.
09:00: UCAS Hub is open and students can access their applications.
10:00: Eligible applicants can add a Clearing choice.
18:00: UCAS Customer Success Team, Customer Experience Centre, and social media support closes.
Check UCAS Track once you have collected your results to check your offers. Your track will have updated, so you should know if you have received an offer from your firm choice or not.
If you have not had an offer on your ‘firm’, you may have got a place on your ‘insurance’ choice.
In some instances, if you have not quite met the conditions of your offer, a university may still offer you a place on your chosen course. So always check UCAS Track, even if you have not done as well as expected!
Some universities may offer you a place on an alternative course.
If you have done better than expected, you may be able to go through adjustment if there is another course you are interested in – www.ucas.com/adjustment
If you have no offers, or reject the offers made to you, you will be eligible to go through Clearing – www.ucas.com/clearning
Clearing – Steps to follow:
Seek Advice – speak to your school/college careers adviser.
See what courses are available – you will find these on the UCAS website.
Talk to universities and colleges directly. All universities and colleges have Clearing hotlines open throughout results day. Make sure you have your clearing number (which will appear on your Track home page) and your UCAS ID Number. You must have a verbal offer of a place before you can add a choice online.
Add your choice – click ‘add a clearing choice’ and fill in all the details of the course.
Don’t panic. Do your research.
Alternatives to HE:
If you don’t want to go to university and have not applied for an apprenticeship or a job, it’s definitely not too late. Seek advice from your school/college careers advisor first.
Not Going to Uni is a website showcasing the alternatives to the standard university route to school and college leavers. Whether you think that university is not for you, or just not for you right now, the site offers advice, guidance and help finding other ways into your chosen career.
Useful Phone Numbers:
Exam Results Helpline – 0800 100 900 open from Monday 9 August – Friday 20 August (8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday) (10.00 am to 5.00 pm Saturdays)
National Careers Service – 0800 100 900
Local university clearing hotline numbers:
University of Liverpool – 0151 794 6800 (open 6:30am)
Liverpool John Moores University – 0808 5 564 565 (open 6:30am)
Liverpool Hope University – 0151 291 3636 (open 7:00am)
Edge Hill University – 0800 028 6677 (open 7:00am)