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GCSEs: What to do now you've finished?

School-leavers across the Midlands will receive their GCSE results today. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

School-leavers across the Midlands will receive their GCSE results today.

A change to the law has meant that all young people must stay in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.

But what are your options and what if you haven't done as well as expected?

Qualifications are highly valued by employers and most jobs require them Credit: ITV News Central
  • Get more qualifications

Qualifications are highly valued by employers and most jobs require them. Different jobs require different qualifications.

  • Get a job

It can be hard to get a job straight after school but there is plenty of help on the Connexions website.

  • Get an apprenticeship

You actually get further qualifications as part of an apprenticeship. Many apprenticeships are found by asking family and friends but there is now a 'National Apprenticeship Matching Service'.

  • What if I don't get any qualifications by the time I officially leave school, or I do really poorly in my GCSEs?

There are work and/or learning options for people with few or no GCSEs. You can work your way up through the levels of qualification, it just means it takes a bit longer and you start at a lower level.

  • Can I afford to study after Year 11?

Financial help is available to encourage students to study after Year 11 e.g. the Learner Support Fund. There can also be help found for travel costs.