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A Quick Guide to GCSE Results Day

Results day is daunting for everyone. We have a few top tips to help you feel as prepared as possible for your GCSE results.


Preparing for results day: 

  • As hard as it is, try not to worry and make sure you get a good night's sleep before the day.
  • Have a look at some online guidance (links in the bar on your right) to help you prepare for the day.
  • Remember, everyone is nervous. Talk to someone about any worries or concerns you might have.

On results day:

  • Get to school early and speak to your teachers about any concerns. There can be long queues throughout the day and lots of people will want to talk to staff.
  • Don't forget some photo ID, the person handing out results might not know you.
  • Make sure you understand your results. Have a look at AQA's website which explains how your results work. Do look at other qualifications pages too for more information. 
  • Make sure you take your phone so that your friends and family can contact and support you. You may also wish to call your chosen college or sixth form if you have some unexpected results.


What if you're not happy with your results?

There are plenty of options for you, try not to panic.

  • If you are hoping to take A levels, they normally require 5 A*-C GCSE grades (including Mathematics and English) and B grades (or above) in the subjects you are hoping to study. Check with your teachers and exams officers to see if you are able to resit particular exams or papers. 
  • If you are close to a grade boundary or your results are exceptionally unusual you can speak to your teachers and exams officers to apply for a remark. They will know more about this and if it is a suitable option for you.
  • You could take alternative subjects or courses. If you haven't achieved the required grades for your chosen subjects, but have achieved good grades in other areas, you could speak to your college or sixth form about taking different courses.
  • You could take different qualifications such as BTECs, NVQs or Apprenticeships. Again, speak to your teachers, exams officers and careers advisors to make sure you are aware of all the options open to you.


Remember, everyone is nervous and your family, friends and teachers are there to support you. Having a look at some further advice and guidance may help you feel more prepared for the day. There are plenty of resources online with tips and advice for you, please use our links bar to your right.

If you would like to speak to someone there are careers advisors available on the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. They will be able to talk to you on Thursday 25th from 9am-5pm and are also available every day until the 31st August. Check their website for further details of their opening hours.


Good luck!

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