The important thing to realise is that not getting the grade you expected or needed doesn’t mean all is lost… There are still plenty of options for you.
Failed English or Maths?
In regards to GCSE grades, if you don’t pass English and Maths then you will need to retake this until you do. Don’t worry, this can be done a lot quicker than you might think so you won’t have to wait another year. There are plenty of local colleges and training providers that offer free maths and English classes working towards GCSE so the support is all there. Many colleges, sixth forms, further education centres and even workplaces may offer a place based on grades from other subjects.
Speak to your teachers!
Whatever you’re planning to do next, your teachers are there to advise you! They’ll be able to help you arrange your next steps, whether that’s resitting any exams, choosing a suitable college/university or an apprenticeship. Not getting the grades doesn’t mean the world isn’t your oyster.
If you think your grades were marked incorrectly?
If you have any doubt about how your papers have been marked then you may want to consider getting them remarked. This can be done at a cost. If you choose to do this, consider that the marks can go up or down, or even stay the same. If you apply for a remark because you missed your college/university grades then be sure to let them know that you are getting a remark so that you know for sure if they can hold the place for you.
If you do worse than expected?
If you miss your college/uni grades then don’t panic! UCAS has a service called clearing. This is where Universities and Colleges can advertise any places they still have available. So, if you’re certain that you want to go to University this year, it is definitely worth looking into.
What other options are there apart from college and university?
In 2018, it is safe to say that college and university are not the only way to get a good career. Apprenticeships and traineeships are on the rise in loads of industries. These enable you to gain key skills and experience on the job whilst earning. Considering that work is what everyone will get to eventually, it is definitely worth starting early!