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Information, Advice and sources of support for young people in Suffolk

Got my GCSE results - What next?

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. Keep reading…

Take your time to think about your options and don’t rush into anything!

“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.

“My results are worse than I expected, and I don’t know what to do next”

Try not to worry as there is plenty of time to decide.

It helps to talk to someone and go through your options – a guardian, a careers adviser or tutor or an adviser from the National Careers Service.

As well as colleges and 6th Forms, there are lots of smaller training providers who might have something that suits you. 

Read more about your Choices at 16+

Contact a Young Person’s Worker or Coach to find out more or get advice – Find support

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, read more about Raising the Participation age and your options.
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– Why not see what you could learn by checking out Future Learn courses.

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Page updated on January 4th, 2024 at 03:32pm