What next after your GCSE results?

Students celebrate getting their GCSE results. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

Whether you received the results you expected today or not, there is a wealth of information online to help you plan your next step.

Here is a selection of some of the best websites:

National Careers Service

Practical advice on how to make an Action Plan and build a CV, as well as a large Q&A section.

You might also want to visit the following websites:

National Union of Students

The NUS offers advice on what options you have in further education after your GCSEs, including diplomas, apprenticeships, an extended project and vocational qualifications.

The National Union of Students offers advice on further education after your GCSEs. Credit: nus.org.uk


Watch videos of people talking about their careers, explore what kind of jobs might suit you after your GCSEs and take the Buzz Test quiz.

The icould website features dozens of videos of people giving an insider's view into their career. Credit: icould.com


The Government's website offers advice on further higher education, training and a student or career development loan.

The Government's site offers advice on higher education. Credit: Gov.uk


Read about different careers, including salary, hours and which skills or qualifications are required.

Useful advice about a wide range of careers. Credit: GetSmaart

National Apprenticeship Service

Learn what apprenticeships are, read testimonies from apprentices and search for vacancies.

There has been a large increase in the number of apprentices since the NAS launched in 2008. Credit: National Apprenticeship Service

You might also want to visit the following websites:

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust gives advice on what courses or training to take and offers grants to help young people get into education, training or employment.

The Prince's Trust offers grants and advice for young people. Credit: Prince's Trust

Further advice:

  • You can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000, which is open until 7pm on results day.