Make the most of the support available to you if you don’t get the GCSE results that you expect. Whether results are better or worse than anticipated there will be options. No school leaver should be left with nothing to go on to, because the September Guarantee promises an offer of an appropriate learning for all 16 and 17 year olds.
If you don’t get the grades you need for further study, contact the college. You may be able to retake one or two GCSEs alongside studying for a new course or start a similar course at a different level.
Other options are:
- Applying for an Apprenticeship for September;
- Going straight into employment – Connexions currently has 81 Cambridgeshire jobs which are suitable for young people in on its database
- Entry2Employment (E2E) is for those who don’t want to study full-time but are not yet ready to go into the working environment. It is a programme developed around the individual to develop their motivation and confidence
- Temporary voluntary work can give you more time to think about the future. Looked upon favourably by employers, volunteering helps teenagers to gain confidence and independence and also lets them give something back to the community
It’s not too late for you to put great results to good use. There is a range of general, vocational and occupational courses that you can apply for, even after the GCSE results, and some can be started at varying levels.
Money while studying
There’s support for those who want to continue in education. The means-tested Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) pays 16 – 19 year olds up to £30 per week to continue with at least 12 hours a week of learning on further education courses in school sixth forms, sixth form colleges and further education colleges.
Care to Learn is another scheme that can help pay towards childcare and travel costs so that parents under the age of 19 can stay on at college.
Your parents or carers will continue to receive child benefit and child tax credits until you are 19 as long as you stay in full-time education.
Connexions can help you to look at your options and explain the September Guarantee as well as helping you to search for jobs, make applications and write a CV.
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