You’ve got your GCSE results, so what’s next? Don’t worry if you’re still unsure about your next step. The good news is that there are lots of options available to you.
Re-take some of your GCSEs
If you did not get the grades you were hoping for it is possible to re-take GCSEs. The Phoenix pathways at City College Norwich, for example, run for one year and enable you to study up to 4 GCSE subjects. You can go on from this to study A Levels or a further education course.
If you did not achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths you will have to re-take these subjects whichever route you choose to take.
Get hands-on with a further education course
If you prefer learning that is practical and hands-on, a vocational college course could be the best option. There is a huge range available, covering everything from construction and engineering, to business and finance, computing, performing arts, travel and tourism, catering, sports, and much more.
College courses are designed to prepare you for the world of work. You get to learn practical skills in a real working environment. They include opportunities for work experience too. As well as preparing you for a future career, you can still go on to a degree course.
Leave the classroom behind with an Apprenticeship
Let’s be honest – some people just can’t wait to get away from the school environment and start working life. If that’s true for you then an Apprenticeship could be the best route. With an Apprenticeship you learn and earn at the same time.
You can see what Apprenticeships are available by searching Apprenticeship Vacancies here
‘Shop around’ for the right A Level opportunities
You might already have decided on A Levels as your next step. There are still choices to be made . If your school has a sixth form, you may choose to stay where you are. It is worth looking elsewhere too, as not everywhere has the same A Levels and subject combinations available .
Don’t forget that A Levels can also be studied in Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges. These tend to offer a more adult learning environment, with study and social facilities that go beyond what is available in most schools. It is a popular option, with around one in four A Level students studying in a college.
There’s still time to find a place for September
If you haven’t yet decided what you want to do in September, don’t panic. There's still time to find a place on any of the above types of courses. You can apply to our College on our website or come along to our Get Yourself Sorted event.
Need some one-to-one advice?
If you’re unsure what to do next and would like some help and advice, it’s worth talking to a trained course and careers adviser.