Career Connect

Waiting for GCSE results day? Not sure what to do next? We have some tips and advice to help you…

Some Useful Results Day Tips:

  • If you have applied to a college or sixth form, you will need to know HOW to show them your results and enrol. Make sure you know this.
  • If you have an offer of an apprenticeship, is it dependant on your GCSE results? If so, you should send them a copy of their results, so call them and ask how you send them.

Bear in mind that, if you do not pass your Maths or English (Grade 4 or above), it is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT that you MUST resit these – so any college or sixth form you apply to will make you study these until you pass.

No plans or considering alternative?

  • Don’t panic! Do some research to ease the stress!
  • Apprenticeship vacancies are available on the National Government Apprenticeships website Browse these and see what opportunities are out there.
  • Check out College and Sixth form websites for courses that interest you. Note down their contact details and get in touch. They may ask what your GCSE results where, so these have to hand.

Know the difference between A Levels and BTECs

Remember: A Levels are exam-based, whereas BTECs use written assignments throughout the year.

Both may include practical elements, depending on the course you apply for.

Steps to Follow:

  1. Seek Advice – talk to your school/college careers adviser before making any decisions.
  2. Find out what courses are available from college and sixth form websites.
  3. Talk to sixth forms and colleges directly and have your results to hand. If you didn’t get the results you were hoping for, they can still help (possibly even offer you alternative courses) so still contact them.
  4. Interested in an apprenticeship? Visit and create an account – then you can make as many applications as you like.

If you are not sure what you want to do, talk to your school/college careers adviser – THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE THERE FOR!

Some useful websites:

Not sure what you want to do next?

If you want to discuss you future career choices, want to know what your options are, or maybe you didn’t get the results you were hoping for and need advice on the next steps, we have local teams waiting to help you.  Contact them on the following details:

Manchester Results Day Activities 

If you live in Manchester, Career Connect Manchester has three special GCSE Pop-up Advice Hubs around town to help you decide what your next steps should be.  Open from 10.30am-2.30pm, you can find them at the following locations:

  • Manchester Youth Zone, Harpurhey
  • Millennium Powerhouse, Moss Side
  • Wythenshawe Forum

They offer all sorts of advice & guidance for 15-25 year olds – No appointments needed. Just drop in.

Download a copy of the leaflet here: Manchester Results Day Pop-Up Advice Hubs


If you don’t get the results you were expecting or hoping for (or you did as badly as you feared – though we hope that’s not the case), just REMEMBER the important rule: “Don’t Panic!”.  It’s not the end of the world.  There are always other ways to get where you want to go and people who can offer you help and advice.  All you need to do is contact them.


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