Exams are stressful, we know; but we also know how stressful it can be for those of you who collected your GCSE or A-level results recently.

We’ve put together a list of the most useful resources available on the internet and in the Buckinghamshire area, for students like you who might be looking for some support and advice on your options after receiving your exam results.

If you’re happy with your results then you might be looking to speak to someone who can provide advice on where you should look next to start off in your dream career path or apply to university. Even if you aren’t too happy with your results then there is still nothing stopping you pursuing your dream career or university place, but you could be looking for some support in getting you back on track towards your goal.

All of the services listed below are designed with you in mind, and are run by helpful, supportive and impartial organisations so you can feel confident in speaking to them about your position and discussing your next step after results day.


The National Careers Service is a government organisation that provides amazing 1-2-1 advice, guidance, and help in relation to young peoples careers. They are available to contact via webchat, phone, email, face-face, and text; and when you do contact them using any of these methods, you will be connected to an experienced adviser who is there to listen to all your questions and offers as many ideas and answers as possible.

Find out more >

Alongside what they already offer, the NCS is running special Q&A sessions dedicated to exam results on their social accounts. The Twitter sessions run 11am – 1pm and on Facebook from 7pm – 9pm.

A level Exam Results Q&A 15th & 17th (Tue+Thurs)

GCSE Exam Results Q&A 23rd & 25th (Wed+Fri)

Follow the NCS Twitter >


The official website for university applications, plus plenty of useful help and advice for your next step.

Visit the UCAS website >



GetMyFirstJob offers a whole new way to find Apprenticeships and opportunities to get ahead. It’s not just a search tool – they’ll connect you with the best employers and training providers to get you on the right track faster.

Visit the GMFJ website >



Get In Go Far is the latest government apprenticeship website, where you can not only find  apprenticeships across the country but can also find hoards of helpful content that is designed to inspire you to consider an apprenticeship as an entry to your dream career

Visit the Get In Go Far website >


The Student Ladder hosts one of the largest collections of student advice & careers advice for young people. Along with all of the useful resources you can browse and learn more about Work Placements – Internships – Graduate Schemes and more.

Visit the Student Ladder website >

Adviza careers advisers provide information, advice and guidance to students in many schools across the Thames Valley. Adviza can help you: find an apprenticeship or job, discover how to apply for work, create a CV, prepare for interviews, look at your options after year 8/9, 11 or sixth form, find local colleges and courses, chat to an adviser online, and find out what jobs would suit your personality, skills and interests

Visit the Adviza website >

You might have heard of Plotr before, maybe from playing there career game in our Career Tools. Plotr have a huge collection of careers help along with advice and guidance for those of you have just collected your exams results and aren’t sure what options are available to you now. Take a look on their website and browse all their content and tools which are sure to answer your exam result questions

Visit the Plotr website >

Need someone different to talk to about your results, and get advice on your next steps? You can call the Exam results helpline for FREE using their number 0808 100 8000. It is likely that they will be busy on both A-Level & GCSE results days so bear this in mind and wait on the line to be connected.


Call the Exam Results Helpline >

You might already be on Twitter reading all the reactions & memes about exam results but believe it or not there are also some helpful people out there tweeting information and advice with #ExamResults . So follow the hashtag and chat to people in the same boat as you or reach out to someone who is offering advice!


Follow #ExamResults >


The best thing to remember is that no matter what your GCSE or A-level results were, it’s not the end for your dream career or University place. There are hundreds of other options and routes to your dream career.