GCSE results day 2022 - what next?

Students sitting their GCSEs this year have dealt with a lot over the last two years, but now with GCSE results day just around the corner, the finish line is in sight. After battling with lockdowns, online learning, and disruption throughout the entirety of their GCSEs, it hasn't been easy. This, combined with the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, has resulted in many students reconsidering their plans since originally choosing their GCSE subjects.

So, whether you’re waiting for GCSE results day or you’re already researching your options, you’re probably wondering ‘what next?’. We’ve put together a summary of different options available to hopefully make answering that question a little easier.

A Levels

Did you know you can study your A Levels online from home? If you’re feeling anxious about going to a school or college to study your A Levels, whether that’s for social reasons, or you’re just more comfortable learning at home, online A Levels could be the perfect solution for you.

If you’re planning on going to university in the future, A Levels are considered the traditional route to get you there. With 20 subjects to choose from, our A Level courses give you the flexibility to study from home while also working. You'll also achieve the UCAS points you need without having to attend any classes or sticking to a timetable! And just because you’re studying from home, doesn’t mean you’re on your own. You’ll have support from your specialist tutor throughout your studies who will be able to answer any questions or offer any guidance you need during your studies via email.

Don't worry if you didn't achieve specific grades on GCSE results day either, you don’t need any specific grades to study your A Levels with us. However, we do recommend for some of the more technical A Levels such as Biology, Maths, Physics, and Chemistry, that any prior knowledge gained at GCSE level would be helpful.

Take a look at our range of A Levels here.

Childcare and education

Could a career in childcare or education be a good fit for you? If a career as a teaching assistant, early years educator, childminder, nanny, or school support worker sounds appealing to you, our range of NCFE CACHE qualifications can help. A rewarding career in childcare and education is perfect for anyone who enjoys working with children and young people.

Here at OSC, we offer a range of qualifications in this area from the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE). Now owned by NCFE, CACHE's qualifications in the health, childcare, and education industries have been developed by industry experts to ensure they meet their high standards.

It’s worth noting that the majority of employers will require a grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above in GCSE English and maths to work in this sector.

Take a look at our range of NCFE CACHE childcare and education qualifications here.

Health and social care

Another great option if you enjoy working with people is a career in health and social care! Working in this industry gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life.

Our range of health and social care courses cover everything from adult social care to mental health to infection control, with qualifications from NCFE CACHE available to help you get yourself on the right track. Our courses aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in the sector.

There is a huge variety of jobs in health and social care available, so finding a job that is right for you AND incredibly rewarding is easy. Not to mention, given the majority of us will need to access these services at least once in our lives, careers in this industry are in high demand, making it a career choice that will allow you to continue to grow.

Find out more about our range of health and social care courses and qualifications here.

Access to HE Diploma

If you’re hoping to study a degree in the future, but aren’t sure whether A Levels are the right next step for you, our Access to HE Diploma could be exactly what you are looking for.

Designed for learners aged 19 and over, our Access to HE Diplomas are an alternative route to university and is the equivalent of three A Levels. The diplomas are tailored to specific subject areas to provide you with more specific knowledge of the subject area to prepare you for your studies at degree level. These courses will help you to achieve the UCAS points you need to get into university.

Choose our Access to HE Diploma in Health if you aspire to work in healthcare and become a nurse, midwife, or paramedic. Or, if you hope to work in law, criminology, or the police, our Access to HE Diploma in Public Services is the perfect choice for you.

You can find out more about our Access to HE Diploma here.

Accounting and bookkeeping

Did you know that you don’t have to go to university to become an accountant or bookkeeper? Instead, you can complete a professional qualification from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), or the Institute of Accountants and Bookkeepers (IAB), or study an accredited course from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

A career in accounting or bookkeeping gives you the flexibility to either work for an employer or become self-employed. Regardless of the employment route you take, you will have the opportunity to earn a good wage.

You can find out more about our accounting qualifications here and our bookkeeping qualifications here.


Are you interested in working in the fitness industry and helping others to achieve their health goals? Our range of fitness qualifications from Active IQ will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your fitness career.

Active IQ are one of the UK’s leading awarding bodies in the health and active leisure industry and a benchmark of quality and excellence in the sector. You’ll gain both theoretical and practical expertise that will allow you to start your career with confidence.

Choose from qualifications in gym instructing; personal training; pre- and post-natal exercise; physical activity for adolescents; and nutrition for performance.

Find out more about our Active IQ courses and kickstart your fitness career here.

Start your own business

If you’re a budding entrepreneur with a business idea, why not start your own business? It doesn’t need to be a complex idea either, maybe you want to start your own business in event management, floristry, dog grooming, counselling, mortgage advice, and interior design – the list could go on and on! – we can help you develop your knowledge and skills that provide you with a solid foundation to build your business upon. You don't even need to wait around for GCSE results day if this is the route you want to take!

If you have the technical knowledge but need to know how to start and run a business effectively, we also have courses in this area to help you.

Take a look at our course range and start working towards becoming your own boss and doing something you’re passionate about here.

Further GCSEs

If you’ve changed your mind and now want to achieve a different career since choosing your GCSEs, or re-evaluated your options and now want to sit different GCSE subjects, we offer a wide range of GCSEs including maths, English, psychology, history, and biology to name a few.

You can find our full range of GCSEs here.

And if we haven’t covered the right path for you following GCSE results day, please get in touch with us on 03300 563 100 and find out how we could help you to achieve your next steps.

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GCSE results day 2022 – what next?