Exams are now over, and students across the UK are beginning to look forward to their much-anticipated summer holidays.

But that also means that GCSE results day will be upon us before we know it!

If you're baffled by the whole process, and want to consider your options before you head to sixth form, an apprenticeship or full-time work, then we've created a guide to GCSE results day to help you figure out what to do.

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When are the GCSE results released?

This year, GCSE results will be released on Thursday August 25.

You could receive your results by going to pick them up from your school in person, or they may be sent out to you in the post.

Check with your school to find out how you will get them on the day.

What do I do if I don't get the grades I need for sixth form or college?

For most sixth forms or further education colleges you will be required to get specific grades in order to gain a place.

Some sixth forms and colleges also have a grade boundary for particular subjects so always check with the criteria that you are expected to meet.

If you just miss out on a grade, you can speak to the sixth form or Further Education college to see if they will still accommodate you with the lower grades. They may offer you a place but on a different subject or course.

Alternatively, you could try another sixth form or college, as each centre could have different requirements.

What do I do if I just miss out on a grade?

If you don't get the grades you were hoping for, be at your school on the day the GCSE results come out to get the best help from your teachers.

If you have just missed out on a grade, or you feel strongly that your grade doesn't reflect your ability, you can ask for your paper to be remarked.

This can be set up through your school, but you will have to pay a fee which is only reimbursed if there is a grade change.

What if I have to re-sit an exam?

If you need to resit GCSE Maths, English, or English language, these exams are available in November.

For all other subjects, your earliest re-sit opportunity will be in June 2017, and you will need to re-sit all written exam.

If the resit isn't a subject that is required for your chosen courses, you may be able to start your A-levels in the meantime. Each sixth form and college will be able to advise you.

If I don't get into sixth form or college, what else can I do?

You might decide that you don't want to study A Levels, but there are other types of qualifications that are available.

BTEC: A vocational qualification which gives students the skills they need to enter higher education or employment. The skills are obtained through practical, work-related activities, allowing the students to apply what they have learned.

There are over 2000 BTECs across 16 sectors available to study. For more information, visit the website .

City and Guilds: A range of vocational and technical qualifications and apprenticeships, helping students to develop their skills for career progression.

City and Guilds provide services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today's workplace. For more information visit the website .

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study to achieve a qualification. You will be working alongside experienced staff in a real working environment, and will be paid during your apprenticeship.

You will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage which is currently £3.30 per hour for apprentices. For more information visit the website .

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