GCSE results: What to do if you are worried
GCSE students across the county who are preparing to pick up their results on Thursday are being encouraged not to panic if they don’t get those all-important grades.
There will be many options available, whatever the result, and local organisations have plenty of advice.
The Guidance Team at Lincoln College said: “First of all, don’t panic. If your grades are not what you had been expecting and you have applied for college or sixth form, get in touch and discuss your grades.
“Don’t assume they will not accept you, it may be the case they can suggest a different course. These are some of the options that may be open to you.”
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The team advised that future paths include vocational options – BTECs or NVQs, apprenticeships, or finding a job and getting straight on the career ladder.
UCAS have a national exam results helpline which will be open for students and/or their parents who need expert impartial and free advice about their learning and career options.
The helpline, 0808 100 8000, is open now and will be open until Saturday.
Nick Hynes, Exam Results Helpline adviser at UCAS and careers adviser with over 25 years’ experience, said: “Last year, I spoke in depth with a 16-year-old student. Her year 11 had not gone to plan. She failed her GCSEs and both she and her family were distressed. Luckily, she thought to call the Exam Results Helpline.
"By reflecting on her underlying strengths and her longer-term career goals, we managed to find a bridging course at a local college.
“I supported her to contact the college, highlighting why she would be a good candidate for the course. She got in and started two weeks later.”
The National Careers Service will also offer advice on 0800 100 900, if students need to talk through their career ideas.
Lines are open from 8am-10pm, seven days a week.
CfBT Careers Guidance Service, works in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, and helps young people make and manage their career decisions.
For an appointment or advice call 01522 782116.
Childline has advised that for students who are upset, disappointed or worried about their future it can help to talk to someone they trust about how they are feeling.
To speak to someone at Childline call 0800 1111 or to get advice from other young people who may be in the same situation, visit the message board