GCSE results day 2018
If you’ve recently received your GCSE results, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll do next.
Don’t panic if your results weren’t as you were expecting them to be.
You have a number of options you can consider depending on your results, including:
Continuing with your studies at a sixth form or further education college - perhaps by taking a level 3 qualification such as an A-levels or a vocational (job-related) qualification such as a BTEC
Getting an apprenticeship – a job with training – learning while you’re earning. These are offered at intermediate and advanced level. There are increasingly opportunities in the healh sector in areas such as:
The availability of apprenticeships depends on where you live so check out the National Apprenticeships and NHS Jobs websites (below)
getting a paid job, either full-time or part-time. For example there are often vacancies in office-based roles and sometimes roles where you'll have direct patient contact. Look out for apprenticeships too - many of these are aimed at student leaving full time education.
re-taking one or more of your GCSEs if you want or try and improve your grades
considering volunteering – a great way to try something, learn new skills and gain experience
Combining your options
You could combine a couple of options - such as re-taking some GCSEs levels and working part-time or volunteering at the same time.
Where can I get more help about my options?
Your school or college – to discuss re-taking GCSEs, or your options, if there's a 6th form.
Your local further education college – to find out about courses at level 3, including general education courses (such as A'levels) and vocational (job-related) courses (e.g. BTEC and RSA).
National Apprenticeship Service – visit the Find an apprenticeship website to find out about apprenticeships, what they involve, what you can get out of them and to search for apprenticeship vacancies.
National Careers Service – 0800 100 900 or web-chat online via the National Careers Service website for further help and support and you can speak to an impartial adviser from 8am to 10pm daily.
NHS Jobs – visit the NHS Jobs website to search for job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS.
Health Careers – contact us on 0345 60 60 655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about career options in the health sector or visit the other sections of the Health Careers website.