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FAQ for Year 13

I got the results I was expecting

If you have reached the grades that you were hoping for, then the first thing you will want to do is celebrate. However, you will need to think about more practical things first, and decide on your next step. If your grades are what you hoped for, then it is probably as simple as confirming a place on a course. If you haven’t thought about what you would like to do, then the good news is that there are lots of doors open to you if you have good grades. Higher Education or an Apprenticeship is good choice, but there are lots of other options that may allow you to work alongside studies if you would prefer. But there’s no need to decide for sure on that day – the world is your oyster, so take a little time to think. Read our research tips. 

My results are not as I expected

Whether your results were lower or higher then you expected there are always progression routes that are available to you. You will have been given a list of requirements needed to move onto the next stage of your education. However, there maybe some leeway. If lots of people didn’t make their grades, or if some people decided not to take their place, then your grades may still be good enough to allow you entry. It is always worth getting in touch with where you have applied to and asking whether you could still study there, as you may be pleasantly surprised. If you don't ask, you don’t get! Read guidance on appeals & exams.

It could be that your results were better than what you were hoping for. If this is the case you may want to consider a more advanced option than what you originally applied for and further education is a good choice. Read guidance on appeals & exams and next step options.

Can I appeal my final results?

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, formal, final exams have been abandoned in favour of a grade based on prior attainment, of both you, and your College/Sixth-form. As a result, this may mean that you feel you could have achieved a better grade had you taken the exam and may wish for the finalised grade to be reconsidered. Normally, if your results were not what you were hoping for, you can request that the exam board completes a priority remark. For more information, read guidance on appeals & exams.


If you got the results you were aiming for, well done! If you didn’t, try not to panic. It’s not the end of the world, and there are options open to you. It may not have been the path you’d planned to go down, but down every new path there are doors to open – and you might even find that you have a skill that you didn’t even know about. So simply try to stay open-minded and see what’s available for you. Talk to your Teachers, Careers Adviser, friends and family for advice before taking your next steps, and remember that there is a path for everyone!