GCSE Results Day 2021 - Advice and Guidance

Have you just collected your results?

Did you get the grades you were expecting?

Are you looking for advice on what’s next for you?

Our GCSE Results Day video below aims to answer all those questions and more.

We understand that GCSE Results Day can be a stressful time, particularly now with the disruption caused by COVID to your learning and exams.

This is why we want to make it as easy as possible for you to know what your options are when the day arrives, so you are in the best position to make the right decision for your future.

Please be aware that we are unable to help you with any appeals related to your exam grades. You should always contact your school first. For more information about the appeals process: A Guide to Appeals Processes Summer 2021 series

If you have no plans for September and would like to book an appointment with a member of our team click here.


Your Options and Where to Find More Information

Sixth Form - Information on sixth form courses and entry requirements are available on the KentChoices A-Z directory.

There is no need to apply through KentChoices for a sixth form place once you have received your grades, just use the contact details provided by the school to phone and/or email to get a quick response. You should also check the school’s own website.

It is important that you contact them as soon as possible for the best chance of securing a place.

College - Again, there is no need to apply through KentChoices for your college place when you have your grades, use the contact details provided in the section below to get in contact with them directly.

Training providers - There are number of training providers that offer an opportunity to gain qualifications that will help move you into employment, further education or an apprenticeship. These are available on the KentChoices A-Z directory.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact us and we will help you.

Apprenticeships - You can find advice on how to get an apprenticeship via KentChoices and vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

If you would like more advice on apprenticeship opportunities please book an appointment with one of our advisers.

Employment with Training - If you are considering going straight into employment after Year 11, some employers will offer accredited training alongside your job.

If you would like more information on training, or you need support to find employment, please book an appointment.


Colleges - Contact Information

Ashford Collegeashford@eastkent.ac.uk or call 01233 743 100

Broadstairs College - support.services@eastkent.ac.uk or call 01843 605 040

Canterbury Collegeadmissionsdeptcanterbury@eastkent.ac.uk or call 01227 811 183

Dover Technical College - dover@eastkent.ac.uk or call 01304 244 332

Folkestone College - folkestone@eastkent.ac.uk or call 01303 858 216

Sheppey College - sheppey@eastkent.ac.uk or call 01795 581 581

Hadlow College - enquirieshadlow@northkent.ac.uk or call 01732 850 551

MidKent College applications@midkent.ac.uk or call 01634 402 020

North Kent College - admissions@northkent.ac.uk or call 01322 629 400

West Kent College - applications@westkent.ac.uk or call 01732 358 101

London South East Colleges studenthub@lsec.ac.uk or call 020 3954 4000


What Help is Available if I Didn’t Get the Grades I Need?

If you didn’t get the GCSE results you had hoped for, the important thing is not to worry or panic. Although it may feel like the end of world, just know that you are not alone and there are lots of people who want to help you in deciding your next steps.

  • It is important that you try speaking to your school first. They know your situation better than anyone and will be ready to support students who did not get the grades they were expecting.
  • The National Careers Service offer free careers advice and can provide you with information specific to your area. You can speak to them over the phone 0800 100 900 or chat with an adviser online.
  • The Education People work on behalf of Kent County Council to support young people who are 16-18 years old and not in education, training or employment. You can contact one of our team to speak through your options.


What Support is Available in the Future if my Post-16 Plans Fall Through?

The Education People may call you over the next couple of years to find out if you need support in finding some form of education, employment or training.

If you find that the options you chose after Year 11 have not worked out and you don’t know what to do, you can also contact us yourself on 03000 419 174.

Our dedicated team can then offer you personalised support in finding another form of learning or employment. You will be eligible for this support for two years after finishing your GCSEs.


Hints and Tips

  • Always research the different pathways to achieve your long-term employment goals.
  • Regularly check the email you used for your application to see if you have received any further information on your enrolment.
  • Keep a record of your National Insurance number as some companies will ask for this. If you do not have a number, you can find out what it is here.

If you are having any trouble booking an appointment with one of our team, then please contact 03000 414 005 and someone will be able to book this for you.

Remember not to panic about your results as there is always someone to help with your next steps!