- Published: 13 August 2018
Opening the envelope to your GCSEs is a memorable moment and something you should look forward to.
But quite understandably you’ll probably be feeling nervous in the lead up to, and on the morning of 23rd August.
It’s totally fine and natural to feel worried about your results. But believe us when we say; it is never as bad as you think. We’ve got years of experience of talking to students on exam results days. Whatever your grades, there are lots of options available to you and there is no need to panic because everything will be ok.
But what can you do if you didn’t get the grades you need?
Give us a call
Missing out on a couple of grades isn’t necessarily the end of the world. The best thing to do is chat to us. Talking about your grades and exploring your options can help to put everything in perspective. You might only be one grade off the entry requirements, in which case we still might be able to offer you your place. If so, you should still come to your enrolment appointment and talk to you tutor.
But even if we can’t offer you your original place, we will do our very best to find you something else. We’re experts at matching students with the right course, so we will still be able to help you get to where you want to go, whether that’s further study at university, or into the world of work.
Ask to have your paper remarked
In some cases you might be able to challenge your grade. If you feel very strongly that your grades aren’t right, then you can ask your school to request a remark of your paper. If you’re a couple of marks off a C, then a remark might be worth it. But it is worth noting two things here. There is a fee to do this, although you will get that fee back if the marks change, but just as your grade could go up, there might be a chance of them going down.
You could even retake the exam
If you really aren’t happy with the grade, or you failed the exam, you might also be able to request to retake. If you’re planning to do this, then it’s also a good idea to let your college know as they might be able to hold your place. But just like requesting a remark, you can’t bank your old grade, which means if you don’t do as well the second time around, then your grade will be worse.
The important thing to remember – there are always options. By talking to us about your grades it will ease your anxieties and you won’t have to deal with it by yourself.
What if you do better than you thought?
Yes, you may even surprise yourself and completely smash your exams. If you get better grades than you were predicted then you may be able to discuss joining a higher level course. For instance you may have applied to study a Level 2 course in Business, but your 5 A*-C grades will mean that you could join the Level 3 course. Give us a call or pop in and talk to us and we'll be able to help!