Results Day can be a stressful time. But lots of young people find it helpful if they make sure they are ready for results day. 2020 may feel a bit different, but your results are still important, and still matter; and it helps to have a plan for no matter how well (or badly) you did.
Crucial: Some people find that it takes them a while to find the right thing for them when September comes round. But if you're aged 16-18, you should be in learning or an apprenticeship. Find out more, including how you can get support if you're struggling to find the right thing for you.
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.
Where can I get support on Results Day?
Looking for support in Oxfordshire on 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 (these may be virtual this year) at most Further Education Colleges for results day, and many of them also offer phone support. Check the college websites.
Where can I get support if I don't know what to do next?
Oxfordshire County Council's Employment Education and Training team run weekly drop-ins in lots of different towns across Oxfordshire. These are called CHOICES - Earning and Learning Sessions. They are for young people aged 16-18 (up to 24 for those with Learning Difficulties of Disabilities and Care Leavers) who are Not in Eduction, Employment or Training (NEET). They can help you make decisions about your future and find learning and work that suits you, including flexible and community-based opportunities.
During Coronavirus restrictions these sessions are taking place online - click on the Live Chat button on any page of the website on any of the sessions below:
- Banbury - Thursday 12pm-2pm
- Bicester - Monday 2pm-4pm
- Witney - Tuesday 1pm-3pm
- Oxford - Thursday 1pm-3pm
- Abingdon - Tuesday 3pm-5pm
- Didcot - Wednesday 1pm-3pm
You can call ahead to let the workers know you are coming or you can just drop in on the day
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, virtual drop ins or call enquiry lines at local Further Education Colleges.
- Search our opportunities database for flexible learning and training options
Did you know? To help students, UCAS have an exam results helpline which provides free, independent advice about next steps after getting your results.
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.
If you find that you do not have an offer of learning and are aged 16-17, then Oxfordshire's Young People Education Employment and Training Team can provide more support. Register your details to let us know you are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET), drop into a CHOICES Earning and Learning session, or talk to us on web chat every day from 10:00am until 4pm each day. You can leave a message at other times.
Please note: Due to the Coronavirus CHOICES sessions will be taking place virtually on our website. Find out more.
Crucial: If there are extra difficulties which are stopping you from staying in learning, then help is available - no matter what the issue is. Register for support with the EET Support Service.