You’ve just got your GCSE results, and perhaps they weren’t quite what you expected. So what do you do now? It can feel like your GCSE results mean everything, but while they are  important, the main reason for this is because they give you the qualifications you need to reach a higher level of education and training to meet the needs of employers and industry. 

If your GCSE results meant you weren’t able to get into 6th form, don’t panic! There are plenty of alternative solutions we can help you with.

Skilled labour

I’m sure you can recall at least one occasion when you or your family or friends have had to call on the help of a plumber, electrician, carpenter or someone similar. Well this falls into the category of skilled labour and if you’re interested in this as an option, the Level 1 courses don’t require GCSEs to start learning. That means you can enrol in our Plumbing & Heating Diploma, Carpentry and Joinery Diploma or Bricklaying and study for your and Maths  and English GCSEs at the same time.  Find out more information about all of our construction courses to decide if a career in skilled labour is a good option for you.


A great way to learn crucial skills while working on the job is to get an apprenticeship. This involves on-the-job training, a qualification and a salary which could prove to be a good option for those who want a more immersive learning experience. CONEL can offer apprenticeships in a range of industries including Hairdressing, Plumbing, Accountancy and Childcare amongst many others. If you don't have English and Maths GCSEs at A* - C, you will probably be eligible for an apprenticeship at Level 2, which is intermediate. You can study Funtional Skills maths and English as part of your apprenticeship.

Check out our full list of apprenticeships available through CONEL.

Health, Care and Early Years

Perhaps your results may not have been as high as you needed, but there’s every chance you already have some of the skills you need to pursue the right career for you. Our Health Care and Early Years courses are dedicated to helping people of all ages and from all walks of life, and if you already have an interest in this then chances are your people skills are already at a level that will make you suited to the course. Our Health and Social care diploma just requires a keen interest in the course matter, or you can kick start your studies with our Caring for a Child course with GCSE grades at E-F and continue to study until you have achieved a pass grade in GCSE Maths and English.


At the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London we  offer the chance to retake crucial GCSEs to your success in English and Maths. If you are aged 16 - 18 and achieved Grade D in English or Maths at GCSE, you will need to study for and retake the exam until you achieve a Grade C. Of course, there's nothing to stop you from setting your sights higher and aiming for an A*, A or B!

If you achieved Grade E or below at English and Maths GCSEs, you will be required to study English and Maths Functional Skills until you reach Level 2.

If you’re still not sure about youroptions, then our best advice is to come in and talk to us. We have career advisors who can help you choose from one of our numerous other courses available, including: hairdressing and beauty therapy courses, sports and leisure or even accounting, amongst many others.

Think about what you want your future to look like, consider your options and move forward in an industry  perfectly suited to your passions and the skills.

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