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Blog post - GCSE results – what next?

Got your GCSE results – what next?

If you, or your child/ a young person in your care just picked up GCSE results and need/s some help with what to do next, read our latest blog post which is stuffed full of tips and useful info:

If you got the grades you wanted in your GCSEs, well done! There’s an exciting future out there waiting for you to grab it with both hands! If, on the other hand you didn’t quite manage it and it feels like the world’s spinning, do not worry. There are plenty of options.

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I’ve got a place at sixth form or college

Well done! You may have already heard from them about what to do to enrol, but if not do contact them and they’ll be able to guide you through the process of joining. We wish you the very best, and if you’re joining Central, welcome! For details of how to enrol at Central if you met the conditions of your offer see the link below

I had an offer of a place but I’ve not got the grades I needed

Don’t panic! Now is the time to contact your college/school or training provider to discuss your options. You may still be accepted, or they should be able to help you figure out the best course and support for you depending on what results you did get. This could involve resits, or a slightly different level of course to get you on the right track. If you are holding an offer at Central you can ring 0115 914 6414.

I didn’t apply anywhere, what do I do?

As it’s now a legal requirement to continue with education or training to the age of 18, you might be wondering what to do next if you didn’t get the GCSE grades you were hoping for. No matter what your results are, there is a course or training option out there with your name on it we promise! It doesn’t have to be at school either. Check out the websites of wherever you’re interested in for more info.

Choosing college for a work-related course

You could choose to go to a further education college like Central to complete a work-related (or vocational) course to set you up for a career. Vocational courses can also be a good choice if you’d like to go to university after your course – did you know that BTEC qualifications carry UCAS points for university entry just like A levels do? You should apply direct to the college you want to attend. Check out their website – as it is near to term starting you may need to ring them or visit to enrol as that can speed up the process. Individual college websites will give details. For courses at Central check out the link below.

Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship

Another choice that is growing in popularity is to choose an apprenticeship, where you earn a wage working for an employer and work towards a qualification at the same time.

It’s quite like applying for a job, with vacancies coming up all year round. At Central we advertise apprenticeship places on our website, which is the same for many colleges, or you can check out the national apprenticeships website in the links below. If you approach a college they should be happy to help you find a placement if you don’t see a vacancy that grabs you straightaway. 

If you’re not quite ready for an apprenticeship then a traineeship, which combines unpaid work experience and training for up to six months, could be another option.

Sixth Form

A levels are a good way to prepare for university-level study and continue subjects you’re interested in. You could contact the school or college you’re interested in if you want to study A levels. They can advise if there are any places and how to apply/enrol. If you don’t know how, check out their website first.


It can be confusing trying to figure out what the best route for you will be. You can always give one of our friendly Advisers a call on 0115 914 6414 if you want to enrol at Central but need help on what will suit you, or why not check out one of the below links? If you don’t know what you want to do at all and need advice you can try one of the below links.

Futures are jointly owned by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. They are a not-for-profit provider of jobs and skills advice, training, apprenticeships and support to young people and adults who need help preparing for work or training.

Nottingham Works is a service that can help unemployed people of all ages back towards work and training.

If you are ready to look for an apprenticeship you can use the national apprenticeships website to search for vacancies.