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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. 

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 careers adviser or tutor at your school or a careers adviser from the National Careers Service.

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’s career adviser or tutor or staff at the college or 6th form that you have applied to. You look on  National Careers website for further information about post 16 options.

As well as colleges and 6th Forms, there are lots of smaller training providers who might have something that suits you.  Look on our “Feeling Stuck” page.

You can also contact a Youth Support Worker who will be able to offer advice, or chat to them over the phone. Find out who you can contact.

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 visit Apprenticeship Suffolk. You can also email or talk to someone about current opportunities.

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

You need to stay in learning after your GCSEs until you are 18 years old. But this doesn’t need to be school it could be: This means that you need to think about whether you will:

To find out more about staying on in learning and how it affects you, read our page of Frequently Asked Questions

Taking A levels or another Level 3 qualification?

If you've decided on doing A levels or an other Level 3 course such as a BTEC or T Level and are thinking about going to university in the future, check out these top tips for choosing A level subjects.

There are lots of free and short online courses which can help you to learn more about a subject area and improve your chances of getting onto a university course or just help you understand more before you apply.

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.



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