Exam Results Day - What To Do After GCSEs and A-Levels

When Are A-Level and GCSE Exam Results Released?

The exams are over, and now you're waiting to see if all of that hard work has paid off. You don't have much longer to wait as both GCSE and A-Level results are released in mid-August each year. Below we have the results day dates by year (according to the Joint Council for Qualifications).

  • GCSE Results Day 2016 – Thursday 25th August
  • A-Level Results Day 2016 – Thursday 18th August


How Do I Get My Results?

In most cases, you need to collect your results from your school or college.  If you are unsure about the opening hours, or have any other questions, you must get in contact with either your Exams Officer or Teachers from your school or college. There is no need to contact exam boards directly as they aren’t allowed to discuss any results with either students or parents. Make sure you arrive with plenty of time before closing, and best of luck!


What Next After GCSEs?

Now you have your results, there are several paths you can take. Depending on your grades, you may be able to start studying towards A-Levels at a Sixth Form (such as George Abbot in Guildford and Fullbrook in West Byfleet) or at a College (such as Woking College and Guildford College). A-Levels last for two years, and are the most common route to take for students looking to study academic subjects at University (including Maths and Physics!). Most colleges require a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE for admissions, and there may be subject specific requirements as well, depending on where you apply.

Another option is to move on to studying a Vocational Qualification, such as BTECs, a HNC (Higher National Diploma) and NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications). A lot of these courses allow students to study and work simultaneously. These are perfect if you are looking to study more practical subjects, especially those which are directly related to the workplace, like Agriculture, Social Care and Hospitality.

Unfortunately for some students, getting GCSE results can be a disappointing and frustrating experience. If certain results are holding you back from your next move, then it is possible to retake GCSEs at certain colleges. It can also we worth requesting a remark of your papers if you are close to the grade boundary, but you need to do this soon after results day, and you will be charged a fee. For more information, it is best to contact your school or college.


What Next After A-Levels?

If you’re looking to continue your education after A-Levels, you have a range of choices. Many students decide to go in to further education to study for a Degree, Foundation Degree or Diploma at University. You will have to apply for the majority of these courses through UCAS, who can help you get started with choosing a course.

You might already have a job in mind that requires more practical training, and this can be gained through an Apprenticeship, which combines paid on-the-job training with studying towards a qualification. This means you get experience of working in an industry, whilst gaining a qualification and earning some money at the same time.

It may also be worth considering taking a Gap Year before moving on after A-Levels. This can be a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in the workplace through internships or volunteer work. It also allows you to take a break from studying, which can be important to allow you to recharge before moving on to further education. Another option during a gap year is to do some travelling and see other parts of the world, which can be important in gaining confidence and independence, along with other key life skills.  However, especially with Maths and Physics, it can be difficult to pick things up again after such a long break, so you may want to do some independent study or invest in some private tutoring if you are planning to head off to University at the end of the year!

Some students may find they are more inclined to go straight in to full-time work, and there are certainly plenty of opportunities out there for young people graduating from college. If you’re still unsure about what to do, you can get some great advice on careers and choices for young people from the National Careers Service.


Good luck with your results, and feel free get in touch with any comments or questions!