What to Do When You Didn’t Get the GCSE Results You Wanted Thursday, 17 August 2023

Failing an exam or receiving exam results that are lower than you expected can be disheartening, especially if you had high hopes for your GCSE outcomes. It’s important to remember that disappointing results doesn’t mean you’re at the end of the road when it comes to your education. 

In this post, we’ll explore what happens when you fail your GCSEs, and more importantly, what steps you can take to overcome this setback and build the successful future you hoped for.

Failed GCSEs – What Next?

It’s understandable to doubt your potential after failing your GCSEs but it’s essential to recognise that exam results do not define your potential. Remember, you are not alone as many other students will find themselves in the same situation as you are now. 

Accept Your Feelings

Receiving GCSE results that didn’t meet your expectations can be disappointing and cause a mix of emotions. Try not to dwell on your results too much and instead, think of the next steps you can take to turn your situation around. 

Exams can help you take the next step in your academic or professional career – but results are not the only measure of success.” – Young Minds

Review Your GCSE Results

Whilst it might sound counterproductive to go over your failed results, it can be beneficial in the long run to take the time to process each individual grade. Identify areas where you excelled and the areas you require some improvement. The ability to understand your strengths and weaknesses can provide valuable insight into where to focus your energy to progress in the future.

What Happens When You Fail Your GCSEs?

Don’t think that there aren’t any options if you’ve failed your GCSEs. There are plenty of steps that you can take:

  1. Resit Your GCSEs: That’s right, you could be able to resit your GCSE exams if you want to improve your grades. Many schools offer their students the chance to take a resit, which means it’s well worth discussing the option with your teachers to see if you have the opportunity to retake an exam.
  2. Research Alternative Qualifications: GCSEs are not the only route to success, but they certainly are helpful! You could consider taking vocational courses or alternative qualifications that can lead to your desired career path. Functional Skills courses can be another great alternative to GCSE Maths and English.
  3. Online Distance Learning Courses: Online education has become a great way to allow students to learn with flexibility from the comfort of their own home. Distance learning allows you to study at your own pace, giving you the time to focus on subjects you might have struggled with in a traditional classroom setting. At NEC we offer a number of GCSE courses including Maths, Science, English and more.

“I retook my GCSE English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry through the NEC. I found the NEC resources good, but also chose to purchase the CGP & exam board specific texts recommended in the NEC material. When I reached out to my tutors the support was great, my assignments were returned swiftly and with helpful comment.” – AP

Set Realistic Goals

While it’s great to aim high, setting achievable and realistic goals is crucial. Think about your personal and academic aspirations and create new goals that take into consideration your strengths and weaknesses. Break down your big goals into smaller, more manageable milestones to help you stay motivated throughout your education journey.

Disappointing GCSE results can be tough to work through. Use this opportunity to learn and explore new academic and personal avenues that will help you achieve new goals. 

Step out of the mindset of what went wrong and instead focus on your next steps. If you are thinking about retaking your GCSEs, why not take a look at this free guide? 

At NEC, we are always happy to help so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about your next steps.

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