If your GCSE results aren’t what you were hoping for, help is at hand.
Talk don’t walk
Opening the results envelope to find you haven’t got the grades you wanted can feel like a devastating blow. Surrounded by celebrating classmates, you understandably want to be as far away from other people as possible. Rather than walking away, the best thing you can do in this situation is stay put and talk.
Make sure you get advice
After the initial shock and disappointment, you are faced with the question ‘what next?’
This is a difficult one to get your head around whilst still taking in your grades. You need the view of someone who has advised other students in a similar position. Ideally this will be someone such as a teacher who knows you well, your strengths, your interests.
They will bring much-needed perspective to your situation. Your results may not be as bad as you think they are. In key subjects such as GCSE English and Maths there will be opportunities to retake and get a better grade later.
Use this as an opportunity to take stock
There are lots of reasons why you might not have done as well in your exams as hoped. You will know better than anybody what these are. A few missed grades does not necessarily mean that your study and career plans were wrong.
However, this is an ideal opportunity to pause and ask if these plans are still right for you. Your results might reveal that your real passion and interests lie in more creative subjects. Or that you enjoy science-based subjects more than those in the arts and humanities. Or that you are more of a practical, hands-on, type of person.
What do your results reveal about your enthusiasm for certain subjects? This could be the perfect moment to take stock and possibly a change direction.
Explore all your options
Your teachers should be well-informed about the options that are available to you, including some that you might not have considered before. These include not only academic pathways, but also the huge range of further education courses available in colleges, as well as work-based routes to a qualification through Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships.
There is also the option of speaking to a trained course and careers adviser. The Advice Shop at City College Norwich can provide you with free and impartial advice and guidance, to help you make the right choice for your next step.
Remember, you are not alone
Simply by talking to people to get the advice and support you need, you will be amazed at how quickly you will be back on track.