GCSE Results Day

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Hey everyone,

For some of you, it's GCSE results day today. We want to wish you all the best of luck with your results and also provide you with some helpful resources to help you through the day if you're feeling worried or haven't got the results you wanted.

For some of us, getting different results to what we wanted can be stressful and scary. However, there's still lots of options out there for you. The Mix have a great article about coping with low GCSE or SQA results. Here's a bit of information from the article:
Can I resit my GCSEs or SQAs?

Yes. Here are some things to consider before you decide what to do.
  • Most schools and colleges let you resit GCSEs/SQAs while doing other courses. This may help you to keep moving forwards while getting the qualifications you need.
  • Maths and English are key to most further study and career options, so if you reckon a C grade is within your grasp, then go for it. You can sometimes do resits as early as November.
  • Think carefully before taking a large number of resits. If the reason you didn’t do so well in the first place was that you hated coursework and exams, then it’s not going to be so different this time round. If it was just exam nerves, it’s probably worth giving things another shot.
I was going to do AS-levels or Highers. Is that still possible?

In Scotland, you usually need a credit level Standard Grade (also called grade 1 or 2) to take a subject at Higher level. In the rest of the UK, sixth forms and colleges typically want five A-C grades at GCSE for AS-level students. But these are just guidelines – there’s no harm asking around.
If you did badly at GCSE/SQA because of illness or family problems, your college may be sympathetic – it’s worth asking. If you’re coming back to education after a few years out you may be given special dispensation, but don’t rely on this.
Even if you can’t do AS-levels or Highers, it doesn’t mean university’s out of the question, if that’s a long-term goal. Plenty of people get there by taking vocational qualifications.

There's a few other article on The Mix website that might be helpful to read through:
What should I do after GCSEs
Results day

If you're looking for someone to talk to about your results and possible options for you, here's a few people and places you can reach out to:
Careers Advisors: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own careers service helplines – perfect if you need to chat to someone in a hurry. Better still, fix a meeting with a local adviser. They’ll know all about schemes in your area.

Teachers: Even if you didn’t always see eye to eye, teachers know a lot about you. Don’t be afraid to ask them which style of learning would suit you best.

FE College Guidance Officers: FE Colleges have people who will find a course to suit you. They’re on your side. If they don’t have anything that’s right, they’ll say so and point you in another direction.

Friends and family: The people who know you best. Just talking things through can throw up new ideas. But don’t be afraid to do your own thing.

You can also talk to us here about your results. How are you all feeling today? Did you get the results you were hoping for?

- Aife & the Community Team
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