When is GCSE results day 2019?
It's nearly time for the moment GCSE students have been waiting for. GCSE results will be released on Thursday, 22 August 2019.
Schools will generally receive everyone's grades the day before results day, but they will be made available to students on the Thursday morning. The exact time will depend on your school, but most open around 10am.
If you can't collect your results in person, you can nominate someone else to go on your behalf. If you've asked ahead, your school can post or email your grades.
We've got an in-depth guide to GCSE results day 2019 with advice on how to stay calm and what to do after collecting results.
How to find out GCSE results online
Most schools do not publish GCSE results online or send them via email as standard, but you may be able to request this if you cannot collect your results in person.
If this is arranged, you can expect your results to arrive via email at around 8am on results day.
What to bring to results day
It is a good idea for students to take the following items with them to their school when they go to collect their GCSE results:
- Mobile phone, to call family members
- Pen or pencil
- Notepad and writing paper
- College or sixth form acceptance letters and contact details
Maths and English grades
In the GCSE number grading system, a 4 is roughly equivalent to an old C and is likely to be requested as a minimum by schools and colleges. Some courses may ask for higher grades.
Students who miss out on grade 4, especially if it is by a narrow margin, should speak to the head of the sixth form or college they hope to attend.
They might want to consider applying for a retake or review of marking.
Most schools and colleges will offer classes to prepare students to retake these GCSEs or offer alternative courses that do not require grade 4 in maths and English, so students should check with their own or contact other local centres.
If students miss the grades for college
Many colleges give students an offer to meet, where they will need certain grades to be able to enrol.
If students do not get the grades on their offer, it is best to speak to the head of the sixth form or college they have applied to.
In some cases the entry requirements may be 'informal', and so they may be let onto the course anyway, but this isn't always the case.
If students miss their college requirements, there are a number of different paths they can take. They can retake one or more subjects to help improve their grade or, if they think there was an error with the marking of their paper, they can apply for a review of marking.
What are retakes and reviews of marking?
Retakes and reviews of marking are two methods that can potentially improve a GCSE grade a student is not happy with.
When retaking exams, students must resit all the exams for the subject again in the next exam season, which is next summer.
Students will be entitled to use their old or new grade, as they will have two certificates, but will have to declare all marks to universities via UCAS.
Retakes are best used when a student believes they underperformed, and will work harder to get a better grade next time.
Reviews of marking are what used to be known as remarks. Marks will only be adjusted if the original marker is found to have made a ‘significant error’ in marking. Reviews of marking may result in a mark going down as well as up.
This option is available for a short period of time after students have received their results. The new grade will be final and the original grade will not count, even if it was higher.
For this reason, reviews are best used when students feel they performed much better in an exam than their mark suggests. Students should talk about their options with their subject teacher who will be able to provide the best advice.
Paying for retakes and reviews
Students usually have to pay a fee to either retake an exam or to have marking reviewed, although their centre may choose to pay these fees for them.
The cost of retaking or reviewing is dependent on the exam board in question, so students should speak to your examinations officer to make sure they have all of the information you need.
Further information about fees can be found direct from the exam boards at the following links:
More information on post-results services
Alternatives to further education
After school and until they are 18, students must stay in full-time education, start an apprenticeship or traineeship, or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.
If students are not sure if they want to go into further education, there are a number of different options they can explore.
As well as academic routes, like A-levels and Cambridge Pre-Us, there are vocational qualifications like applied generals and Cambridge Technicals, and occupational routes like apprenticeships and T-levels.
There is also the option to go straight into the world of work and seek employment alongside part-time study.
TSR has compiled a guide for 16-year-olds on what they can do after their GCSEs.
There is advice on some of these options in the Apprenticeships and Careers and Employment forums.
How much do GCSE grades matter?
Collecting GCSE results is a nerve-wracking time for students; there is a lot of worry in the build up to results day, and the day itself can be emotional.
Students often find their GCSE grades have slipped a little in some subjects. But English and maths aside, having one or two lower GCSE grades is unlikely to hinder them in the future.
If they perform below your expectations overall, again they should try not to worry. As long as they get into their preferred courses and college, it is time to look ahead rather than dwell on results.
Even competitive degrees like medicine and institutions like Oxbridge may only require grade 4 in English and maths.
We wish students all the best on results day.