What do your GCSE results mean for you?

So, it’s that time again when all school levers are panicking about their results –‘Have I done enough, What if I fail, what is going to happen next’. All of these questions go through every students head, regardless of their predictive results. However, there are plenty of options out there for you.

Before you take the long walk to pick your results up, maybe think about what you will need to do to prepare yourself.

  • I know it will be hard, but try getting some sleep the night before. Regardless of your results, it’s going to be long emotional day.
  • Maybe arrive earlier to avoid the delays!
  • Stop being a worry wart, there is nothing you can do to change your results, remaining claim can help you stop getting worked up!
  • Make sure your phones charged so you can tell everyone your good news. Regardless of the results, you have still worked long and hard to achieve this.
  • Don’t compare your results. You are your own person with different a strengths and abilities!
  • And finally, it’s not the end of the world if your grades aren’t what you expected. Take time into considering your options.

After your results:

If you got the results you were hoping and expecting then sit back, relax and celebrate. However, if you didn’t get the grades that you were hoping for, don’t let this put you off applying for sixth form or the university course you really want. For example, a good As-lever performance can outweigh a weaker GCSE result, therefore making your university application stronger.

If you are concerned about one or more of your results, don’t panic as you have your teachers and career advisers to talk about your options.  For example, you are able to resist English literature, language and maths GCSE in November! Bear in mind that for legal degrees it is extremely competitive, therefore it may be advisable to resist maths and English!

The more competitive the university, the higher the amount of higher-achieving students making applications. Some university’s/courses clearly state this in the prospectus – the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) says: ‘Most have already achieved excellent GCSE grades including the majority at A* and A’.

So, in terms of thinking ahead in your legal career, always remember it is probably better delaying university, and then making an application on weaker grades.

And finally, Maybe think about doing some work experience in your local law firm to gain exposure to the legal environment. Employers are always on the lookout for students have gained day to day experience!