Receiving your exam results

What's next?

We'd like to send all young people receiving their A-Level and GCSE results over the next few weeks good luck and congratulations! No matter what your results are, you should be proud of yourself for all your hard work and for doing your best.

Here in Surrey, we are proud of what every young person achieves, and we want all students to have the best chance of securing a place in higher education, apprenticeships, or employment.

For those receiving exam results this month, you may be beginning to wonder about the next steps to take and the options available to you. If you are a parent of a child with additional needs and disabilities, and would like support with thinking about the next steps for your child, visit our Preparing for adulthood page and our Family Information Service web page.

We hope results day will bring positive news, however, if you don't receive the grades you were hoping to, here's what you need to do:

Further and Higher Education

If you are planning to pursue further or higher education, talk to the school, college, university or training provider you were planning to go to in the first instance. They may still be able to offer you a place on the same or a similar course or degree, or offer you an alternative.

Otherwise, talk to other colleges and training establishments about what they can offer you. Check their websites and social media for local colleges and sixth forms in schools, or give them a call. Some will be offering drop-in or online sessions to chat.

If you have applied for university but have not met the conditions of your offers, you can find more information on applying for a course through Clearing on the UCAS website.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you are looking to undertake an apprenticeship, there are varying levels of apprenticeships available depending on your experience. Apprenticeships can be a great entry point into a career, and a chance to learn valuable work-related skills.

You can learn about the different levels of apprenticeship available on the Become an apprentice GOV.UK website.

Think about what interests you and what you enjoy doing, and then check out apprenticeships and traineeships.

If you're not sure what to do, the National Careers Service can help you. You can phone their Exam Results Helpline on 0800 100900.

If the stress of exam results is affecting your wellbeing

We know that getting exam results can be stressful for some people, and it's not always easy when the future is uncertain. So, we'd like to remind you that emotional wellbeing and mental health support is available. Visit the Mindworks Surrey webpage to find out more.

Alternatively, the CYP Haven is a safe space for young people to talk about worries and mental health in a confidential, friendly and supportive environment. Learn more by visiting the CYP Haven webpage.

Support for young people in care or care leavers

If you have been a young person in care, support is at hand from the Surrey Virtual School (SVS). If you're unsure about next steps into education, training or work, you can contact the Surrey Virtual School directly or ask your carer or social worker to contact the service on 020 8541 7761 or via email.

If you're a parent or carer

If you're a parent or carer, and you're looking for advice and guidance on how to best support your child, Kooth have created a guide to supporting your child through exam results day.

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