What actually happens on GCSE results day?

If you're collecting your GCSE results on Thursday 24 August 2017, it will probably be the first time you've ever picked up formal exam results. How exciting!

But you’ll probably be feeling nervous rather than excited – and you won’t be alone! We can’t tell you what your results will be (sorry!) but we can explain what is likely to happen on the day, and ways that you can be ready for it:

Stay calm and be prepared

Make sure you know what time your school will be open. For example, they may have told you they are open 10am-12pm. Usually this doesn’t mean you have to be there at 10am – it means you can drop in at any time during those hours. Check with your school if you are unsure, and plan to allow yourself plenty of time so you aren't rushing.

Now imagine your best and worst case scenario, and think about whether you're happy to experience whatever 'success' or 'failure' means to you on your own or with friends. Then think about if you might like to arrange to go with friends or agree to meet them there.

On the day

It’s best not to be running on an empty stomach so have breakfast before you go. You may be leaving parents and carers at home to wait for news of your results - make sure you take your phone so you can give them a call.

When you arrive at school there will usually be a table or desk full of named envelopes containing each student’s results, manned by school staff. Go up to the table (there may be a queue!), give your name and take your envelope!

Where to open them…

Some students choose to nip off to a quiet corner, another room or even the toilets to open their results. Others rip them open there and then in front of their friends and teachers. Everyone's different, so make sure you're not peer-pressured into opening your results with friends if you're not feeling comfortable.

While it may be a good idea to open your results in school in case you need any advice from your teachers, there isn’t a hard and fast rule that you must open your results at school. You can always take them home if you prefer. Remember that the Information & Guidance team here at the College will be available until 4.30pm should you need advice on your options but are unable to speak with your school teachers.

There is also the Department for Education’s Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000, which is open until 8pm on results day.

How much do grades matter?

It’s likely that going on to further education at college or sixth form means you will need at least a GCSE grade 4 in English Language and Maths. The career path you might be considering may also require applicants to possess these qualifications. Some courses may ask for even higher grades, or certain grades in other subjects, so check the requirements of your chosen course carefully.

If you don’t get a grade 4 in English Language and/or Maths though, don’t panic! It may be possible for you to study for these qualifications alongside your college course, or to sit a retake. Again, our Information & Guidance team can advise you on how the College goes about helping students to achieve these grades.

Whatever your results, there is likely to be a course suited to your interests and strengths here at the College. The Information & Guidance team will be available to talk you through your options at the following times:

9.00am – 4.30pm on Thursday 24 August

9.00am – 4.00pm on Friday 25 August

You can call on 01278 441220, email info@bridgwater.ac.uk, or use the Live Chat on this website.

Good luck, and we look forward to seeing you at the start of term!