GCSE Results Day
This year, GCSE examinations will be going back to normal, so when exactly is results day?
You’ve put in the hard work, now it’s time for the results! You may find yourself looking for a little clarity on AQA results day - especially if it’s your first time picking up an academic result.
When is GCSE results day 2022?
This year GCSE results day will fall on Thursday 25th August. The day normally falls on the third Thursday of August, however last year it was brought forward to give students time to appeal teacher assessed grades.
Depending on the school, results can be ready to collect from 8am.
What will happen on the day?
It’s normal to feel anxious. But, don’t worry too much. Have a nice breakfast and try to get to your school early - this will save you stressing about it all day!
It will probably be a teacher who hands over your results, however it’s a good idea to bring along some photo identification just in case.
When you arrive at your school, follow the signs to collect your results. Remember, you don’t have to go in alone. Your parents can come with you, or you can go with your friends - a bit of moral support never hurts.
After you’ve phoned all your friends and family, or posted a few pics to your Instagram story, go and celebrate!
What if I can’t collect my results from school?
It’s always better to collect your results in person, however if you’re unable to, there is no need to panic. You can either arrange for your school to post your exam results to you or ask a friend or family member to collect them for you. If someone does collect them on your behalf they will need to bring along a photo ID and a signed letter from yourself confirming they can pick up your results.
What do my results mean?
You are required to obtain at least a grade of 4 or 5 in English and Maths no matter your plans. These are basic grade requirements to get into college or sixth form. Most employers will also look for these, whether it’s a part-time or full-time job.
If you’re looking to go to college or sixth form, most have a minimum requirement for the amount of GCSEs you need to pass (grade 4 or above) to study there.
You can either take BTECS alone or combine them with A-levels.
I got the grades - what’s next?
Congratulations! You got the grades and are ready to move forward in your education.
After you’ve phoned all your friends and family, or posted a few pics to your Instagram story, go and celebrate! You still have a few weeks left before you embark on Year 12, so take the time to relax and prepare.
You might find that you want to change your A-level choices. Maybe your results were better than expected, or you’ve just had a last minute change of heart. If so, contact your future college or sixth form.
I didn't get the grades I hoped for.
If you didn’t get the grades you were hoping for, try not to panic. For Maths and English you will have to resit your GCSEs if you fail. These commonly take place in November. You won’t be able to start your A-levels until you have passed these. For other non-core subjects, such as History or Art, the wait is longer. Resits usually take place the following summer.
If you did not achieve the grades required to study at your chosen sixth form or college, start looking for alternatives. Remember, A-levels are not your only option.
Have a nice breakfast and try to get to your school early - this will save you stressing about it all day!
What can I do instead of A-levels?
BTEC qualifications can be a great alternative to A-levels. These are typically assessed through practical assignments or tests throughout the course. You can either take BTECS alone or combine them with A-levels.
If you have a particular career in mind, or you’re eager to get out into the working world, apprenticeships or NVQs are great alternatives. These combine qualifications with on-the-job training.