The waiting is finally over and the morning of results day has arrived! You should arrive early at your school or college to collect your results in the morning (most only open for a few hours). If you miss your school’s opening times and alternative arrangements haven’t been made, you probably won’t get your results until the school/college re-opens in September.
WJEC will not be able to tell you your results, only your school/college can do this.
Whether you’ve got the grade you wanted, or done better or worse than you expected, there are always options open to you. The most important advice is don’t panic!
We have tried to answer as many questions as possible to help you consider which path to take next:
Leaving Year 11
Your options now depend to a certain extent on your exam results. Whether they are better than expected or slightly disappointing, below are some options that are available to you (this list is not exhaustive i.e. other options will be available)
- Carry on your studies
WJEC offers an extensive range of AS and A level courses - for more info please use the "Find a Qualification" option on the left. For students in Wales, WJEC now offers the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification which is becoming increasingly popular.
- Start an apprenticeship
Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Most apprenticeships will provide you with qualifications as well. For further information visit apprenticeships online.
- Find a Job
There are several career routes where the qualifications you have gained at the end of year 11 provide you with an appropriate starting point. Visit your local careers adviser for further information.
Leaving Year 13
As with students leaving Year 11, your options will largely rely on how you did in your exams. Below are some options available to you:
- Higher Education
likely to be the option for many of you. UCAS has lots of information about the application and clearing process. If you don't receive the grades for your desired university, or if your grades are better than you expected, UCAS should be the first port of call here as they will provide sound advice. The Guardian also has some good information about clearing and will publish all university spaces in its paper on the day results are issued. You should liaise closely with your school or college immediately after results are out - staff there can give valuable advice and guidance drawing on their experience of assisting in similar situations previously.
- Gap year
many people chose to take a year out before embarking on further studies or employment. There are many useful websites to be found on this topic for further information including gapyear.
- Seek employment
Visit jobcentreplus for further information.
- Start an apprenticeship
Visit apprenticeships for further information.
If your exam grades weren't what you expected or needed, there is the option to re-sit the year. Consult your teacher or careers adviser as to what would be the best plan of action in this circumstance and remember to consult your university as they may be able to accommodate you with the grades you gained.
The grades shown on your results slip will help you to assess which exams/units you may want to retake. You will need to consult your subject teacher before deciding on what to do. They will know what grade you are capable of getting and whether or not you need to re-sit.
If both you and your teacher think that a result should have been graded higher, your school/college can contact WJEC and request a re-mark. The options available are shown on the Enquiries about Results pages. (All enquiries must be directed through your school/college.)
University Guide 2011 supplied by the Guardian, provides useful information about the various universities available and the subjects they offer.
Provided by the government, studentfinance provides some good information about funding your way through university.