City College’s Top Tips for Surviving GCSE Results Day

14 August 2018 | English & Maths, Help & Advice

After months of anxious waiting, GCSE Results Day is almost here. For many young people, it will be the most nerve-wracking day of their lives so far. Have they got the grades they need for what they want to do next? What happens if they don’t?

The important thing to remember is that there’s no need to panic. Whatever happens, there is always an answer. With many reports saying this has been the hardest year yet, young people should know who to turn to if they don’t make the grades.

City College Plymouth has come up with top tips on what to do on GCSE Results Day …

Tip 1 – Check what time you can pick up your results – you don’t want to miss out.

Tip 2 – Be prepared. There are a few things you should bring with you:

  • your mobile phone so you can contact family and friends (and take a selfie or two)
  • a relative or trusted friend for moral support
  • a pen, a piece of paper and a calculator – just in case – with so many different grades and numbers to get your head around, results can be confusing.

Tip 3 – Take a deep breath – try to remain calm and get plenty of sleep the night before. The best decisions are made with a clear head.

Tip 4 – Consider your surroundings – think about where you want to open your results. Do you want to be with your family, friends or on your own? If you are nervous, consider going early to miss the queues.

Tip 5 – The big reveal – whether its congratulations or commiserations, be proud of what you’ve achieved. Although it may feel like it, it’s not the end of the world if you didn’t get what you expected. Speak to a careers advisor for guidance on your next steps. Look at all your options and remember staying in school is not your only option.

On Friday 24 August, 10.00am to 4.00pm City College will be popping up at the Piazza to offer course information and advice and guidance to those unsure of their next steps. For more information visit or call 01752 305300.

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