28 February 2024

What to do if you didn’t get the GCSE results you wanted

GCSE results day can feel very overwhelming, especially if you are receiving official exam results for the first time.

Schools and pupils have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. This year, it was the responsibility of teachers to award pupils their grades taking mock exams, coursework, and homework into consideration.

In a year like no other, it is normal to be feeling nervous, overwhelmed or even a little bit deflated today. If your grades didn’t turn out exactly how you wanted, don’t panic. There are plenty of options still available to you.

Here’s Love Salisbury’s guide to what to do next:

First of all, speak to your school or college
Your teachers will be able to offer help and advice about the options available to you and the appeal process.

Consider a resit
If you are disappointed with your result you can resit your exams in the autumn. GCSE exams will take place in December and November.

If you get higher grades in your autumn exams, you will be able to carry these grades forward.

Appeal your grades
If you think there is something not quite right with your results you can request an appeal. If your grades are changed in an appeal they can go up or down.

Firstly, your school will investigate whether a mistake was made. If they find an error, your school can submit a revised grade to the exam board for consideration.

You need to act quickly if you would like to request an appeal, so speak to your school as soon as possible. The deadline is 17th September or 23rd August for priority appeals.

You can find more information about appeals here.

Give Young Work Wiltshire a call
Students can contact Young Work Wiltshire today between 10am to 4pm on 01225 716890. This Wiltshire Council service offers advice in planning the next steps in education, training or apprenticeships.

The National Careers Service are on hand to help
The National Careers Service advice lines are open between 9th – 27th August, call them on 0800 100 900 for advice on what options are available to you.

Written by
Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty