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Got my GCSE results - what next?

What are my options after leaving school?

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After getting your GCSE results, what happens next might depend on whether you got the grades you expected. Whatever happens on results day, you have lots of options to choose from.

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I got the grades I wanted

Congratulations! If you already have a place at sixth form, college or with a training provider, continue with your plans. 

Confused about the new grading system? Get some clarity in our news article on the changes they have made.

If your grades are higher than you expected, you can either continue with your plans, or you might want to take a different course or go to another college or sixth form. You'll be able to talk about your options with your tutor or careers adviser or read more in our choices at 16+ pages.

To look at other courses or colleges, you can search on the UCAS Progress website.

Whatever you decide, make sure you have an interest in the subject or field you've chosen to study, and that it's the right level for you.

My results are worse than I expected or I don't know what to do next

Try not to worry as there is plenty of time to decide what you want to do and make plans. It helps to talk to someone and go through your options - speak to your school tutor or the National Careers Service.

You can also visit your local drop-in centre to speak to a Youth Support Worker who will be able to offer advice, or chat to them over the phone. Find out more about your nearest drop-in centre.

You can also check out Princes Trust TEAM programme or their Get into Retail course and GAPS customer service training.

If you're thinking about studying a particular subject but aren't sure what career it could lead to, check out our Careers Library for ideas.

Taking A levels?

If you've decided on doing A levels at college or sixth form and are thinking about going to university in the future, check out these top tips for choosing A level subjects.

Ever heard of MOOCs?

Massive open online courses - free and short online courses which can help you to learn more about a subject area. Taking an A level you don't have much knowledge in? A MOOC could offer an easy way to get clued up quickly.

Future Learn offers a big range of courses, including business, creative arts and media, health, psychology, languages, law, literature, politics, science and more! Why not see what you could learn by checking out Future Learn's courses.

Find out more by watching Introduction to Future Learn.

Start earning money with an apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ with over 200 apprenticeships in Suffolk on offer. If you don't feel ready for an apprenticeship, you could get the skills you need through trying a traineeship.

To find out more about apprenticeships and what's best for you, call the Apprenticeships Team at Suffolk County Council on 01473 260922or email apprenticeships@suffolk.gov.uk.

For apprenticeship opportunities with councils in Suffolk visit Rising High in Suffolk.

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Remember, you need to stay in learning until you're 18

One of the main changes to think about is that you need to stay in learning after your GCSEs because of the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) to 18 years old. This means that you need to think about whether you will:

To find out more about RPA and how it affects you, read our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

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