Tuesday, 28 August 2018

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week, 24th August 2018

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week. 24th August

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week. 24th August

Well done and congratulations to you if you got the results you expected – or better!
If you didn’t get the GCSE results you were hoping for, try not to panic or worry as you have still got loads of options. Be kind to yourself - remember you’re so much better than your grade. If you have genuinely done your best then you can’t do better than that. There are always other options out there and knowledge is power. So read on!

There’s no need to panic.  There is loads of impartial advice available, the BBC has some particularly useful advice and information. Speak to the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or webchat with an advisor.

You have loads of choices….

Don’t rush into a decision or discount any options – talk to your families, teachers and careers advisors about your options. There may be some possibilities you hadn’t thought of.

Resitting Exams  You can resit your maths and English in November, but for all the other subjects you will have to wait until summer 2019 and there may be a cost to sit the exam depending on where you’re studying and the examining board. Talk to your teachers – do they think you are in with a strong chance of a better? If you need to resit a couple of exams then you might be able to do this alongside your A Levels, Btec, other vocational study or apprenticeship.

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Request a remark! If you’re sure that you really should have and deserved a higher grade than you got, you can request a RoR (review of results) and usually should do this via your school or provider. You can also ask for a copy of your marked exam. It varies from examining board but AQA have some good guidance. Bear in mind, that if your ask for a re-mark your grade may be raised but also could be lowered or remain the same.

What if I don’t get the grades I needed to do A Levels? Call the college or sixth form and ask them! If you’re not far off the grades you needed then they may still accept you. If not, then try other colleges or providers. Worse they can do is say no!

So what if they do say no? You could consider a Btec or a Cambridge National. These are a mix of theory and practical work based around your career choice. They may carry an element or work experience and some are accepted by universities.

Apprenticeships.  Last year, 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved as a result of them doing an apprenticeship, reports Prospects. Apprenticeships allow you earn a  wage,  combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You'll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level. Or, onto higher education.

At Jobs4Teens we have loads of apprenticeships listed on our jobs search page where you can filter down by jobs type such as part time weekend work, seasonal jobs and apprenticeships. But if you cant find what you’re looking for then the Government apprentice vacancy search should be your next step. You can filter down, search or browse by industry/sector, apprenticeship level and type and register for alerts.

And remember, if you’re in doubt about any of this, speak to your careers advisor or teacher to talk through the pros and cons of each option you are considering.
Once you have settled into your new course or apprenticeship, its always worthwhile thinking about a part time job to get some hands on experience, extra cash, bit more independence and hands on practice dealing with people. You can find all our vacancies for teens  – part time, seasonal jobs, weekend jobs and apprenticeships here

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