5 Things To Remember About GCSE's

By Dayna Spear, August 22, 2018

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all well.

A-Level Results day has been and gone, and now… *drumroll* GCSE Results day is upon us!

There’s no doubting that Results Day, whatever kind it is, can be scary. The exams themselves, the mountains of revision, the build-up, the pressure… it’s seriously nerve racking, and I still remember my GCSE results day like it was yesterday. I felt sick on the way to collect that dreaded envelope, my hands were shaking… but I really shouldn’t have worked myself up so much.

Really, I don’t think anyone should be panicking. Why? Well, today, I’m going to discuss the many things that everyone needs to remember and keep in mind about their GCSEs. Let’s get stuck in!

1 - It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ situation

Although, uhh, yes, it quite literally is, because every student is made to sit the same exams and qualifications. But, please keep in mind (and I can’t stress this enough) - if your grades aren’t as good as someone else’s or you didn’t do as well as you wanted, don’t make yourself feel bad about it! As 20 year old Anna from the University of East Anglia puts it, ‘Strive to achieve your best but never compare yourself to others. Everyone is different!’

Essentially, don’t feel rubbish if someone gets better grades than you - it simply wouldn’t make sense for every single person to do amazingly in every subject, even though we’re all funnelled the same way to do so. Know your worth in things you are good at and do enjoy.

2 - This is not ‘everything!’

Similarly to the point above, it’s worth remembering that there are so many other opportunities to not only gain valuable qualifications, but also to get important work experience such as an apprenticeship other than the stage of doing your GCSE’s.

We spoke to 20 year old Paige from the University of Portsmouth, looking back on her school days, and she recalls ‘Teachers can put so much pressure on you to make you feel like if you don’t do well you’ll fail life, but it’s really not the end of the world.’

I remember myself stressing like crazy because I was convinced I hadn’t passed Maths. Luckily, I did, by about 2 marks *breathe* although, if I had not, this wouldn’t have restricted what I’m doing in my life now. Do your absolute best, and that’s all anyone can ask for.

3 - If need be, re-take!

Take solace in the fact that, if you need to, you can re-take an exam the year after!

Of course, it’s not ideal, but it’s not uncommon either, and it’s a great opportunity for another shot at something you might feel you could’ve done better. It happens to the best of us; we’ll turn up to the exam confident and feeling great, and open the paper to a bit of a shocking question! Or… we slacked a little on revision and only have ourselves to blame. Anyway…

4 - Grading is changing

If you’ve been doing GCSE’s this year, you’ll probably already know that the way some subjects are graded has changed. Let me explain…

Instead of the usual A*-C’s, the new grades are numbered instead, with 9 being the highest (apparently a step-up from the regular A* grade) and 1 being the lowest.

The newer GCSE content (along with the grading system) is supposedly harder than before, which is why less ‘9’ grades will be awarded than A*’s were. You lucky people!

5 - After GCSE’s, the ball is in your court

One thing you should remember about this time is that everyone sits the same subjects and exams - every single student will sit maths, science, english and so on.

However… whatever you choose to do after GCSE’s is totally your choice, so hang in there. This is your future - whether you choose to get an apprenticeship, gain some A-Levels or take up a BTEC, it’s totally up to you to decide. If you need some advice on what you could do next, take use of our free expert matching service - you may end up being something you’ve never heard of.

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