Where Can Your GCSEs Lead You?
After GCSEs, courses are available at different levels and are available full time at Sixth Form or College or part time through an apprenticeship. There are a wide range of courses and apprenticeships available to you.
To do A Levels you will need A* - C grades at GCSEs and you could then go onto university or full time work. Under the new GCSE grading system, pass grades are 4 - 9.
Vocational courses can be a great start to your career. If you get 4 A*-C grades you can do a Level 3 course, although you may need at least a C in maths, English or science. D grades mean you will start on a Level 2 course and Es and Fs mean you could start with a Level 1 or a Foundation Course. Under the new GCSE grading system, a C is a 4 or a 5, a D is around a 3, an E is around a 2 and an F is around a 1.
For some practical courses such as hairdressing, motor mechanics or construction you may have to start at Level 1 or 2 even if you get C+ or 4+ GCSE grades.
Whatever level you start at if you do well, you can move on to the next level course. Level 3 courses are equivalent to A levels, only more practical and can lead to a university course in a relevant subject. Completing a Level 2 course is the equivalent of 4 A*-C (Grades 4-9 in the new system) GCSE grades and from here you could move on to a Level 3 course either full time or part time through an apprenticeship.
Vocational courses involve work experience and are available in a wide range of job areas including Health and Social Care, Business and Bricklaying.
You should have some idea of what career you would like to go into, but even if you change your mind later on you will have gained lots of skills, experience and a recognised qualification.
Sixth form staff will be available in school on GCSE results day if you need to change your plans and colleges have staff available all summer and will offer special help days when the results come out in August.