GCSE Results Week: A Parent’s Guide


Getting ready for exam results can be just as worrying for parents as well as students. This year will be the first year with the new grading system and for many parents; it might not make as much sense as the previous old grading.
We have created a quick guide to provide you with as much information you need to prepare for your child’s results… no matter what the outcome is!

What to expect on the day

  • GCSE results come out this week on Thursday 23rd August 2018.
  • Results are published by exam boards as early as 6am.
  • Upon arrival Students are directed to a pick-up point where they will receive their results
  • Results are handed to students in an unopened envelope. Then it will be over to them…

What do you need to know?

GCSEs are now subject to more challenging curriculum and end of key stage exams.

There was a new grading system introduced last year in English language, English literature and mathematics and more subjects have been added this year.

This means that GCSEs are now strengthened with elements such as longer essay questions worth 

higher marks, closed book English examinations. Some subjects including maths and Science GCSE now include content that was only previously included in A-Level examinations

In all these subjects as well as English language, English literature and mathematics, students will receive their grades in numbers.

The new grading scale goes from 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade. Previous C grade was considered a pass where as now there are two ‘pass grades’ – a 4 is a ‘standard pass’ equivalent and a low/middle grade C and a 5 is a ‘strong pass’ equivalent to a high C/ low B.

Students who do not pass their maths or English qualifications will now by law have to resit them until they reach the age of 19 or achieve a grade 4- whichever comes soonest.

What options are there for my child?

After they have received their results, students have a variety of options including staying on at sixth for

m to complete their A Levels. However, it is less likely children will get into sixth form this year without a grade 5 or 6 in their chosen subject

If your child doesn’t want to continue on at sixth form or if they are unsure about A-Levels, then they have the option to consider an apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship will provide your child with plenty of industry experience a salary and the opportunity to learn whilst working.

By completing an apprenticeship, your child will:

  • Begin an exciting career with a leading company
  • Earn a great salary whilst continuing to learn
  • Receive a recognised qualification which could take your child all the way up to degree level.

CT Skills have a variety of apprenticeship vacancies available across the East Midlands here

If your child would like to discuss their options after receiving their results then they can get in touch with our dedicated career experts on 0115 9599 544 or visit our Nottingham Centre at 10am or Derby Centre at 11am for 16-24 advice and guidance.