So you didn’t get the GCSE results you were hoping for? Its not the end of the world, and you have lots of options. Make sure to speak to your parent/carer, you might think they will get angry, but they are there to help and support you in making the right next step. With their help: 

  • It’s worth phoning your first choice of sixth form or college to check whether they can be flexible about their entry requirements. They may agree to you retaking a GCSE while studying for your A levels or BTECs, especially if the grade you achieved was a near miss. If you can, make this call yourself, not your parent/carer, as this will demonstrate your initiative and maturity.
  • If not, you could contact your second-option schools/colleges.
  • You could retake one or more of your exams later in the year to try to improve your grades.
  • You could look at other course options with lower entry requirements, or think about doing an alternative qualification or an apprenticeship. If you missed a grade very narrowly, or did much worse in a subject than predicted, you could talk to a teacher about making an enquiry to the exam board. The school can ask the exam board to check whether there has been an administrative error and to ensure the paper was marked correctly.