Preparing for results day (A-Levels and GCSEs)

Collecting A level/BTEC results

Make sure you are aware of the times you can collect your results from college or sixth form on Thursday 17 August.

If you have applied to university, your college or sixth form will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about accepting an offer, making a change to your choices or looking at alternative options. 

Website and contacts:

Collecting GCSE results

Make sure you are aware of the times you can collect your results from your school on Thursday 24 August, as this will be different from school to school.

If you have applied to a college or sixth form, you will need to know how you can show them your results and you may even have another interview. If you have applied to Salford City College you will have been given an appointment time, if you haven't received it or can’t remember, contact the college before you go. If you are enrolling elsewhere, make sure you know their enrolments process.

If you have an offer of an apprenticeship – is it dependant on your GCSE results? If so, you will need to send them a copy of your results, so call them and ask how you should send them.

If you do not pass your Maths or English (grade 4 or above) it is a legal requirement that you continue to study these.

Things to remember before going to school and college

Before you go, remember to take the following with you:

  • A notebook and pen
  • Mobile phone (if you have one)
  • A face covering, if you feel comfortable wearing one
  • A positive attitude

Results day steps to follow:

  • Seek advice – speak to your school/college careers advisor before making any rash decisions. See what courses are available – these are on college/sixth form websites.
  • If you have applied to a college/sixth form and did not get the grades needed,  still go to your enrolment slot to speak to college staff. They will most like have an alternative you can do.
  • If you haven't already applied to college it’s not too late. Contact the college, speak to your school careers advisor or Connexions. 
  • Want to apply for apprenticeships? Get on the national government website and create an account – then you can make as many applications as you like.

If you are not sure what you want to do, seek advice from your school/college careers adviser first!

What you need for college/sixth form enrolment:

  • Your GCSEs and any other examination results and also a face covering if attending a college appointment.
  • Your passport or birth certificate, together with your National Insurance Number (if you have this).

Unsure what your next steps are? Don’t panic! Research now to ease the stress on the day!

Apprenticeship vacancies are available on the national government website now, so browse through and see what opportunities are out there if you are considering this as an option.

Check out college and sixth form websites to see what courses they offer and if there are opportunities that interest you and make a note of their phone numbers – that way you can get in touch as soon as you know your results.

There are other alternatives— traineeships Study Programme and employability programmes. For more information get in touch with Connexions, their staff are there to help you with your next steps.

Websites and contacts:

Seek help from your School Careers Advisor or contact:

This page was last updated on 15 August 2023

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