GCSE Results: Your essential checklist

GCSE Results Day 2019 *shudders*


GCSE results day: your essential guide is here!

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Have you gained your dream set of GCSE results? Or have you been left sadly disappointed? This will define how you spend the next few days – especially if your disappointments are in your GCSE English or Maths results.


For those of you who’ve achieved everything you wanted: WELL DONE!


But for those wondering where to turn if Maths and English GCSE results weren’t up to scratch, use our essential checklist before you make your next decision…


1. DID YOUR MATHS AND ENGLISH GCSE GRADES SCORE THE ‘NEW C’ – GRADE 4?

Your grades might not have been what you hoped for, but are they enough for you to get where you want to go?

To avoid having to re-sit GCSE Maths or English, you need to achieve Grade 4. If you achieved this but still have a burning desire to go for better then we say good for you!

But don’t let your ego get in the way of being practical, do you really want to the commitment that comes with re-sitting an exam?


2. SPEAK TO YOUR PROSPECTIVE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE OR FURTHER EDUCATION PROVIDER

If you narrowly missed the GCSE grade-target, talk to your chosen College or FE provider and see what options are open to you. They may still offer you a place!

If not, you’ll need to consider asking the exam board to re-mark the paper or take an exam resit.


3. REMARK OR RESIT? SPEAK TO YOUR TEACHER

Your school is the best place to start when trying to work out what went wrong and how.

Speaking to your teacher will help you to decide if a remark is the right move (and worth the financial cost).


4. A WARNING ON RE-MARKING

One of the key things to be mindful of is how far your grade was from where it was expected to be.

If you missed out narrowly, you need to be aware that marks can go down as well as up. It’s therefore very important to ask your teacher’s advice, as you will need the school’s support in making this decision.


THE SILVER LINING TO EXAM RESITS!

Exam resits have a silver lining and can provide you with a stronger long-term position: getting a better result could open up doors to courses and jobs that would otherwise be out of reach.

And the timing of re-sits is good – exams for Maths and English take place in November (other subjects are in June of the following year) and can allow you to continue with your original plans.

Still worried? Findings from our own Signature Students show that students who do re-sits can quickly out-perform their original results!


5. INVEST IN SUCCESS: HIRE AN EXCELLENT TUTOR.

If classes aren’t your thing but you’re keen to get the best results, getting a top-flight tutor can really pay off.


You’ll need to be dedicated and put in the work, but a great tutor can and will take (most of) the pain out of the resit experience!


We always recommend going with a UK Tutor’s Association member, to ensure you get the highest standards of professionalism and the best quality tuition. Where easier to start than with the Signature Tuition Team? A UK Tutor Association member and with all the associated professional and safety checks you need!


We’re here for you,


The Signature Tuition Team!


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Want more reasons why this is not the worst thing? Check out our article; here to remind you that you are far more than a number!