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How should you prepare for GCSE RESULTS DAY? 

You’ve studied hard, sat the exams and now results day is upon you, don’t panic we are here to help! What can you expect from GCSE results day? And what if things don’t quite go to plan?

1. Before Results Day 

Be open with friends and family about your results and any worries you may have; they are there to help you. Make sure you know what time your school will open on the day, check their website if you are unsure. Plan what time you are going to get to school and if you are going to open your results with a family member or friends or if you would prefer to open them on your own.

2. On Results Day

Have your phone on you, you may want to contact friends and family to share the news or take a celebration picture to share the good news, also your phone’s calculator will come in handy when adding up marks against grade boundaries. Also take Photo ID in case this is needed.

It is best you are there, however, if you can’t make results day you can ask a family member to collect your results, check with your school beforehand as they may need authorisation from yourself that you are happy for them to collect the results.

3. Confirming your next steps

You’ve received your results and need to think about what you are going to do next, make sure you have the numbers ready beforehand to speak to your chosen college or sixth form as soon as possible to confirm your place if you have already applied.

4. Knowing your options

If you are unsure of what your next step is after GCSEs you have a number of options available, there will be a course or training programme that is right for you. It may be worth exploring apprenticeships – a great way to get paid whilst learning on the job. Check out more on apprenticeships at South Thames College here.

You can also start a college course at a variety of levels depening on your GCSE results and work up. Check out our course levels explained page to see what would be a sutiable entry level for you.

If you are interested in a course at South Thames College come along to our information point and the team will happily give you impartial advice on your next steps!

Check out the information point dates here