GCSE Results Day
Congratulations on completing your GCSEs, and congratulations on what you have achieved to date!
Your new skills
You have developed multiple skills and adapted from studying remotely to returning to your school. You have been learning about prioritising, communicating and working in groups again; skills that are important for your future. Whether you continue in a 6th form or college environment, or explore an apprenticeship to combine learning and working; you can move forward with confidence.
Those of you who have been able to work, either for pay or experience during this time, have been able to adapt to new ways of working and have a greater awareness of health and safety. If you’ve been involved in extra curricular activities, then you also will have built upon your skills, such as teamwork, decision making, and in some cases, leadership. These are all things you can draw on in your future, whether that’s for a college interview, a work interview, or anything else you look to do in the future.
Results day is a stage you go through on your career journey, a benchmark of where you are at this stage academically. There is a lot of support out there for you, your school careers adviser, the colleges and sixth forms where you might be interested in studying, and local businesses if you feel you are work ready and would like an opportunity to earn and learn.
GCSE numbers to letters conversion
It can be beneficial to know both grading systems, and what your grade equivalent is in the old grading structure of letters. Below is a table to show your letter equivalents.
Ofqual – https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2018/03/02/gcse-9-to-1-grades-a-brief-guide-for-parents/
Your next steps
You have a number of options for your next step on this journey, no matter what your results are, whether that’s continuing education through a sixth form, attending a local college or combining work and study with an apprenticeship or traineeship.
We have many amazing businesses in Cornwall who are keen to encourage young people into their workplace through an apprenticeship. If you are interested, have a look at www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch or
if you would like some bespoke careers support in Cornwall, please get in touch.
The law requires all young people in England to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday, although in practice the vast majority of young people continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18 (Gov.UK)
We wish you all the best with the next stage in your career journey.
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