GCSE Results Day 2018 – Everything You Need to Know


GCSE Results Day 2018 is fast approaching. This Thursday, on the 23rd of August, students across the UK will be receiving their GCSE results – the fruits of their hard work over the past 2 to 3 years. Students will be understandably nervous, since their results now will have an impact on their academic futures and careers. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at everything you need to know for the UK GCSE Results Day 2018.

When Do I Get My GCSE Results? – GCSE Results Day 2018

If you’re reading this, you likely sat your GCSEs earlier this year, between May and June. If so, you’ll be receiving your results on the nationwide GCSE Results Day UK: Thursday 23rd August, 2018. Usually, students receive their results at the school or college where they were registered to sit their exams. Basically, you’ll need to head into school to pick up your results. Results are released in the morning, which means that most schools organise the results day event to take place before noon. So, find out what time your school will be holding the results event.

On GCSE results day, all students who sat their GCSE exams in 2018 will receive their results. Upon arriving at the school or college where you sat your exams, you’ll be given a brown envelope, which contains your results on a piece of paper. On the paper, you’ll see a list of the subjects that you took during GCSE, as well as the grade you received from them. Usually, you’ll also be given your UMS (Uniform Mark Scale) mark – this is the overall mark you got for the subject. At this point, the mark doesn’t really matter too much – what’s important is the grade that you got!

If you are unable to attend your school or college to receive your marks, you will be able to have them posted to you. So, if you happen to be on holiday for results day, don’t panic! If you contact your school before GCSE results day, you can organise to have them sent to you.

I Have My Results – Now What?
Once you’ve received your results, you’ll be in a position to decide on your future! Since you’ve finished your GCSEs, you have two main routes available to you:

  • Continue studying at your school or college, either taking A-levels or some other kind of qualification
  • Leave school and begin vocational study, such as an apprenticeship

Both of these paths will depend on your GCSE results. Now that you have them, you can get the ball rolling on whatever you want to do next!

I’m Not Happy With My Results – What Can I Do?
Sometimes, things just don’t go according to plan. Perhaps you’ve received your results, and they aren’t what you’d hoped for. First of all, don’t panic! Less-than-stellar results aren’t the end of the world, and there are still things you can do to make your situation better.

If you believe that your results don’t appear correct, as if there’s been an error in marking, you can get in touch with your school. If they agree, they will recommend that you have the results reviewed or even re-marked. In this case, your work will be re-examined, and a different examiner will give it a new grade and mark. However, your new mark can be higher or lower than the original grade, so you might risk receiving a lower mark than you already have.

The other option is a resit, where you re-take exams to receive a new mark. In November 2018, you’ll have the opportunity to resit English Language and Maths exams. For anything else, you’ll need to wait until next year (June 2019) to resit the exams.

I Have the Results that I Wanted – What Should I Do Next?
If you’re satisfied with your results, then the world is your oyster! Click here to find out more about the opportunities now open to you as a fully-fledged GCSE graduate!

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