GCSE Results: Exploring Your Next Steps

Key highlights from episode 1 include:


1. Post-GCSE Pathways: Students can stay at their current school for sixth form or apply elsewhere. Colleges offer traditional courses focusing on one subject, T-levels that include more work experience, A-levels similar to those offered at schools and apprenticeships outside college.

2. Early Research is Key: Attend open days at prospective institutions and talk to tutors about subjects you’re interested in.

3. Apprenticeship Advice: Consider what they want for their future career before making decisions, whilst Holly highlights the support available at colleges such as dedicated teams providing advice on next steps and course information sessions.

4. Communication is Essential: Discuss your results openly with family, friends, school or institution you’ve applied to – they can provide guidance and help devise a positive plan of action.

5. Flexibility in Further Education: Don’t rush decisions under pressure; changing courses is possible if initial choices aren’t suitable.

6. Course Variety & Support Staff Guidance: College provides opportunities like apprenticeships & T-levels alongside traditional A-levels or BTECs which allow focus on one subject of interest.

7. Industry Experience through Work Placements: These enhance CVs while providing real-world exposure within chosen field.

8. Fostering Maturity & Time Management Skills : Unlike regular schools’ five-day week structure ,college encourages self-structured study sessions three days per week balancing part-time jobs .

9. Smooth Transitioning from School to College : Dedicated well-being teams ensure smooth transition along with social events aimed at fostering friendships such as Freshers’ Fair held annually at the start of each academic year .


Remember! – regardless of your GCSE results, there are always different paths available no matter what the outcome.