What next after GCSE results day?

What next after GCSE results day?


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

If you get the grades you want in your GCSEs, well done! There’s an exciting future out there waiting for you to grab it!

If, on the other hand you don’t quite manage it, do not worry. There are plenty of options.

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 already have a place at Nottingham College, welcome! You should have received a letter or email from us telling you how to enrol, and we’ll see you very soon.

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 chosen 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 a slightly different level of course to get you on the right track.

If you are holding an offer at Nottingham College, you should have heard from us already with enrolment information, so there is no need to call us, you can just come along to your enrolment as planned and staff will be on hand to help you.

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 to suit you! It doesn’t have to be at school either. Check out the websites of wherever you’re interested in for more info.

To browse what’s available here, visit our course pages.

Choosing college for a work-related course

You could choose to go to a further education college like Nottingham College 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. Individual college websites will give details of what to do.

We still have places available on many courses at Nottingham College. If you know what you’d like to study, for more information on how to enrol visit our dedicated web pages.

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.

You can browse our course pages to see what A Levels we offer, and if you are ready to join us but haven’t applied, visit the dedicated web pages.

Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship

Another really popular choice 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 Nottingham College 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. Apprenticeship vacancies come up year round so why not see what’s available now?

To see our current apprenticeship vacancies visit the apprenticeships pages.

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.


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 9 100 100 if you want to join Nottingham College 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. For more details see their website.

If you are ready to look for an apprenticeship but aren’t sure which training provider to go for, you can use the national apprenticeships website to search for vacancies.

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