In 2017 A Level results day is on the 17th August and GCSE results day is on the 24th August.
It can feel like you should wait to see how you did before taking your next step, but don't delay! There are lots of things you can do to make sure you are 100% ready for results day - no matter how well (or badly) you did.
Before you do anything else, make sure that the basics are in place:
- Know how you're getting results. Going to school? Getting an email? Make sure you're in the know ASAP.
- Know who you can talk to if your results aren't what you hoped. Teacher at school? Local College? Helpline? Make your plans!
- Explore your options - you don't have to wait: you can find out what's on offer right now.
Instant Expert: Download our handy Results Day leaflet.
Results Day 2017
Looking for support in Oxfordshire during 2017 Results Days? Here's where to access it:
Your school or college will have staff available to provide support to students on results day. Depending on what you need, they may give you an info pack about local learning options, have information and guidance (IAG) advisers available, or signpost you directly to staff from local colleges, Oxfordshire County Council's Employment Education and Training team or another organisation.
There are drop-ins at most Further Education Colleges for results day, and many of them also offer phone support. Check the college websites or our Events pages.
Looking for an apprenticeship?
If you're thinking about doing an apprenticeship after GCSEs or A Levels, you don't need to wait for results before you start looking. You can register, research and even apply for some opportunities - look for those accepting predicted grades.
- Register with the Apprenticeship Finder
- Contact your local FE Colleges and ask about apprenticeships
- Look through apprenticeship opportunities on Oxme or on Apprenticeships Oxfordshire
There are apprenticeship opportunities available throughout the country from GCSE equivalent (Level 2) all the way up to Degree level (Level 4+).
Worried you won't get the grades?
Don't be worried that you won't get the grades needed to stay on for post-16 education. There's a place for everyone - guaranteed. If you can't find a place at your first choice of school or college, ask your school for suggestions and widen your search.
You can also:
- Talk to teachers or IAG (Careers) advisers at your school on Results Day
- Go to open days or call enquiry lines at local Further Education Colleges.
- Subscribe to our training bulletin Train up! to find out about all sorts of flexible training courses available in Oxfordshire.
Did you know? You can call the UCAS exam results helpline for free, independent advice about next steps after getting your results on 0808 100 8000 - but opening times vary, so do check their website.
Heading for a job?
If your next step is a job and you are under 18, you should make sure it is a job with training. An apprenticeship is best. Otherwise you may miss out on a chance to build skills and gain accredited, respected qualifications which will help you earn more in the future. If you are ready to start earning, take steps as for an apprenticeship (above) and then:
- Contact the National Careers Service
- Register for our Hot Jobs newsletter
- Visit a young person's job club to get help with your CV.
Ready for anything!
If you're really not sure what your next step is, or if there are difficulties which are stopping you from participating, there is flexible training and support available for young people aged 16-19 and up to 24 if you have learning difficulties or disabilities or other vulnerabilities. These include:
- Support from the EET Support Service
- Flexible and high support programmes at Further Education Colleges
- Community based and highly supportive learning and training providers
No matter what your results, there is space for you to keep on learning up until 18, and then progress to a suitable opportunity.
Most of these programmes are also available if you've been away over the summer, or otherwise not been able to get registered with a learning provider for September. There are late start, and even January start courses, so don't give up; keep on looking.
Good Luck from Oxfordshire's Young People Education Employment and Training Team who are also on web chat every day from 10:00am until 4pm each day. You can leave a message at other times.