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What to do if you don’t get the GCSE grades you need

GCSE Grades Too Low?

For most sixth forms or Further Education colleges you will need specific grades to be accepted on the courses you applied for.

If you just miss out on a grade, you can speak to the sixth form or Further Education college to see if they will still accept you with the lower grades, or they may offer you a place but on a different subject or course.

What to do if you just miss out on a grade

It’s always best to collect your own GCSE results from your school on the day, as that’s when teachers will be around to give you advice if you don’t get your desired results.

If you have just missed out on a grade, or you don’t think the grade you achieved reflects your ability, you can ask for your paper to be remarked.

Your school will be able to help you arrange this, but you will have to pay a fee which is only reimbursed if examiners change your grade.

Resits

If you have failed and you’re worried that you’ve really blown it, don’t worry, there is a second chance.

Retakes for Maths are available in November. For English and all Science IGCSEs you can take the exam in January. Sadly you will have to wait until next June if you have to resit other subjects.

Apply to another Further Education college or sixth form

If the college you had in mind won’t accept your lower grades, it’s worth speaking to other colleges offering the same or similar courses and find out what their entry requirements are.

They may accept the grades you’ve got and offer you an opportunity to re-sit and improve your English and maths grades.

If I don’t get into sixth form or college, what else can I do?

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer an opportunity to gain paid employment and work experience whilst studying for a qualification. There are many schemes on offer and you may find that practical hands-on learning suits you. There is also the added benefit of having a money in your pocket each month.

There are a wealth of opportunities to explore, and some schemes will offer a starting salary of £14,000.

Traineeships

If you don’t have the skills for an apprenticeship, that’s not an issue.

Traineeships are available to anyone aged 16 to 24 and provide the essential work preparation training that is necessary to secure an apprenticeship or employment in the future.

Private Candidate

You don’t need to attend school or college to sit exams. You can enter at exam centres as a private candidate. If you are following this route, and many thousands do every year, then it is best to follow a structured programme of study with tutorial support.

This is something provided here at Absorb.

You can see our courses for GCSE at:

GCSE Courses

And our A levels at:

A Level Courses

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