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.
Results Day 2022 dates:
- A-Level Results Day will be taking place on 18th August
- GCSE Results Day 2022 will be taking place on 25th August
Crucial: Some people find that it takes them a while to find the right thing for them when September comes round. If you are aged 16-18, you have the right to a place in learning. So it's important to get your place in learning or an apprenticeship sorted for September.
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?
- Know who you can talk to if results aren't as hoped, e.g. teacher, college, results helpline
- Talk to friends and family about what you'll do on the day!
Crucial: You do not have to wait for confirmed grades to apply for an apprenticeship or college place! You can use predicted grades.
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.
- You can also contact the UCAS Results Day helpline
If you are going to school, college or university, and grades are not as you hoped, you should contact them to discuss you results and study options.
Crucial: Oxfordshire Education, Employment and Training Service will be running an online chat session on this website on GCSE results day for young people aged 16-18 who do not have a place in learning. Click on "Live Chat" or "Leave a Message" on any page on the website.
Moving into work or 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 apply for some roles with 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
Crucial: There are lots of 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, a job with training such as an apprenticeship lets you build skills and gain accredited, respected qualifications. This 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, support is available.
There are lots of flexible opportunities for young people with all kinds of different needs, such as:
- Flexible and high support programmes at Further Education Colleges
- Community based 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.
Crucial: There is learning available if you've been away over the summer, or otherwise not been able to get registered with a learning provider for September. Speak to your local college or register with the EET Service to find out more.