Results Days come round every August.
In 2016 A Level results day is on the 18th August and GCSE results day is on the 25th 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!
- Take action now - you don't have to wait: there are plenty of things you can do right now.
Instant Expert: Download our handy Results Day leaflet.
Results Day 2016
Looking for support in Oxfordshire during 2016 Results Days? Here's where to access it.
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. You can also get support from Oxfordshire County Council Early Intervention Service at:
- The Net, Stratton Way, Abingdon Tuesdays 10am - 1pm
- Banbury New Futures Centre, Hilton Road Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
- The Courtyard, Bicester, Launton Road Monday 22 August 3.30 - 5pm, plus special GCSE Results Day drop-in 1pm-3pm Friday 26 August 2016
- West Oxfordshire Hub, Witten Way, Witney Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
- East Oxford Results Day drop-in Thursday 25 August 1pm-4pm
- Blackbird Leys Young People's Centre Wednesdays 1.30 - 3pm
- Aspire Oxford, St. Thomas’s School, Osney lane, Oxford Tuesdays 2-4pm
You can find more places to access support on our Job Clubs page.
Think about an apprenticeship
If you're thinking about doing an apprenticeship after GCSEs or A Levels, you don't need to wait for your results. 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? Around Results Day, UCAS run an exam results helpline.
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 Specialist NEET Service
- Support from your local Early Intervention Hub
No matter what your results, there is space for you to keep on learning up until 18, and then progress to a suitable opportunity.
Good Luck from the Information and Opportunities Team who are also on web chat every day from 10:00am until 4pm each day. You can leave a message at other times.