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Year 11 results day guide 2020

This guide to support those in year 11 who will be receiving their results in August 2020. There is information about post-16 options including other alternatives, such as apprenticeships.

  • Due to Covid-19 this summer GCSE exams have been cancelled but you will still get a grade for each examined subject
  • The date to receive GCSE grades is 20 August

Visit is more information about this Ofqual.

We will still be available to support you on GCSE results day, contact us on 020 7364 1401 or on 0800 3581 2410 (free phone) or email youngworkpath@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

We expect to be very busy, so please do be patient if contacting us.

There is also information on the Young Workpath.

What’s next?

The entry requirements can vary and often depend on the level:

16+ year old

  • A-levels at college/sixth form
  • BTEC at college/sixth form
  • Apprenticeship at workplace and training provider 
  • Employment with training at workplace and training provider
  • NVQ at college and/or workplace
  • Traineeship 
  • Foundation/entry at college or another provider

Resits you might be able to do with an option above

18+ year old

  • University could be part or full time
  • Gap year 
  • Apprenticeship at workplace and training provider Employment with training at workplace and training provider
  • Employment at workplace 
  • NVQ at college and/or workplace
  • Traineeship

Raising the participation age (RPA)

Raising the participation age means you must continue in education or training until you are 18. It does not mean you must stay in school; you can choose one of the following options:

  • Full-time education, such as school, college or learning provider
  • Work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

What are the different options?

More options can be found on the sixth form options page.


Available in a range of subjects and you would usually pick 3/4 subjects, these might be new subjects that you haven’t studied before e.g. law. Usually require 5 GCSEs grades 4/5-9, including English and Maths and might require specific subject grades. You would study these for two years.

BTEC levels from entry to level 3

Mixture of practical and academic learning and entry requirements will depend on what level. They are offered by school and colleges, but colleges tend to offer a wider choice of subjects.

The subjects available are related to broad job areas, e.g. business, performing arts, engineering, and health and social care. Usually, you study just one subject for one to two years.

Apprenticeships levels from 2-7

A work, learn and earn option, where you are employed by a company to work 80 per cent of the week (usually 4 days) and 20 per cent studying (usually one day) for a qualification relevant to your job and is paid for by the company. Higher/degree levels you might need to be 18 and have level 3 qualifications. These are for a minimum of one year.

Employment with training (sometimes called an ‘apprenticeship’)

Entry requirements will depend on what level. This could be a school leaver/training programme and are like apprenticeships where you would work for a company most of the week and get training for that job. 

NVQ levels 1-8

Is a work-based way of learning – which is carried out at a college, school, or workplace. Involves a range of on-the-job tasks and activities that are designed to test you on your ability to do a job effectively.


Sometimes called by other names, such as ‘pre-apprenticeship’. Traineeships are aimed at 16-24 year-olds and last up to six months. They offer the chance to do work experience, improve work skills and (if needed) gain English and maths qualifications. Traineeships are not paid, but financial help may be available.


Depending on your results you might be able to resit some subjects while working and/or studying. If you did not pass English and maths (grade 4 or higher) you will need to resit these until you pass them. 

Foundation/entry level

This can be a course to prepare you to progress onto the next level and don’t usually require any qualifications, but if you did not pass English and maths (grade 4 or higher) you will need to resit these until you pass them.

Common questions

I have applied and been offered a place

If you have received enrolment/start date information, then follow the college/sixth form or company instructions. If you haven’t received this then contact them directly.

I have applied and not been offered a place

Contact the sixth form/college directly to enquire further. If it’s a work-based option you can ask the company for feedback but do keep applying to others. Get in contact with us if you would like us to support you with this.

I did not get the grades I wanted

Hopefully you can still progress to your next step. You can speak to college/sixth form staff about your grades. There is information about other options, including autumn resits and appeals

I have not made any applications

There might be places available at college/sixth form but depends on where, what course/s you want to study and your results.

Visit Young Workpath and contact directly. If you want to apply to a work-based option, one of our team can help if you contact us and you can also use the resources below to search for vacancies.

Be prepared!

If you didn’t do as well as expected, it doesn’t mean that you cannot progress. Get support from those around you: at home, school staff, sixth form/college and us at Young WorkPath.

On the day, have a fully charged device phone/computer/tablet. If you’re going into school to collect your results, take your charger(s), notepad and pen in case you need to make phone call/s and take notes.


Various careers/results day information:

Apprenticeships (also check company and university websites directly):