If your GCSE results aren’t what you were hoping for, it can be a pretty crushing blow. Your GCSEs dictate which A Levels you can take and which sixth form you can go to, so if you’ve fallen short of your expected grades you might need to reconsider your choices.

Plus, many colleges, universities and jobs require certain GCSEs, most commonly English and Maths grade C. If you haven’t got those, it could hold you back later in life.

Ideally, to give yourself the most opportunities, you want to have at least 5 GCSEs at A* - C grade.

However, don’t panic if you don’t. There are plenty of ways for you to top up your results, from remarking to resitting either in school or through an online course.

If academics aren’t for you there are a multitude of other routes you could take. An apprenticeship or vocational courses such as BTECs might suit you better.

Professional courses from internationally respected institutions like the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) or the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) can be as highly regarded as academic qualifications (if not more so).

Keep your mind - and your options – open, and everything will work out fine.


Find out more about taking GCSE courses online.