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GCSE’s: What happens next?

With GCSE’s becoming more important than ever before, it is understandable that the stress and worry surrounding the question ‘what next?’ is looming over many parents and student’s minds. However, rest assured, no matter what the results may be, we can guarantee that there is a path for absolutely any 16-year-old. As years have progressed, current teenagers are very lucky to have access to an array of options and decisions right on their doorstep.

So, the exams are done, the envelope has been opened, and you know those famously-dreaded results. What happens next? Some students have a very clear idea on where they want to go after GCSE’s, but more students than ever are beginning to struggle with life choices. It is important to always remember that you are still extremely young at the age of 16. Life is not set in stone the second you receive your GCSE results and there will always be room to retake and re-decide choices. It is all about trial and error.

With this in mind, it is very useful to know the options on-hand for students with GCSE’s. The law now states that all teenagers should be in education till the age of 18, but it is understandable that school 5 days a week is not the best option for everyone.


If you are wanting to get out in the working world straight after GCSE’s, then an apprenticeship is the best option. Apprenticeships allow you to train and gain a qualification while working full time. The apprenticeship will usually be provided to you by an academy that will work alongside your employer to ensure that you get the best out of your experience. The great thing about apprenticeships is that you are highly likely to be offered a full-time job at the end of your course. Apprenticeships are an excellent option for students who want to start earning money as soon as possible.

Study Full Time

The most common option that students take after receiving their GCSE’s is to carry on with full time education. This can be carried out through choosing particular A level subjects at sixth form, or a specific course at college. Either way, students will find themselves in education for the majority of the week, heading towards a qualification that is an A level or A level equivalent. Both sixth form institutions and colleges are extremely helpful when it comes to deciding what courses to take and there are plenty of open days and taster sessions available to experience before making a final decision.

No matter what the results of your GCSE’s may be, it is so important to be proud of your efforts. It cannot be stressed enough that there is a route for everyone out there; research is key! For more information and guidance on what to do if you do not achieve your desired grades, check out this article by Cognita Schools. If you don’t get the results you hoped for, there will always be alternative options and experts that will guide you every step of the way.

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