Results 2021

Our Birmingham Careers Service Advisers are here to help and support students from Aston University Engineering Academy receiving their Teacher Assessed Grades this year. 


Student guide to exams in summer 2021

Expect an email, phone call or message from Birmingham Careers Service at the end of August/early September asking what your moving onto (e.g. Apprenticeship; A Levels at College, etc.)

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Get in touch with your dedicated Careers Adviser whichever way suits you best. If you are unsure what to ask about just send a message ‘RESULTS’ to one of the options below and we will get back to you.

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Colleges offering GCSEs in September 2021

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Will only be able to re-sit English and Maths alongside a vocational course. 

Will need a minimum grade 3  to be able to re-sit.

South and City College

5 GCSE course one year course where the student can follow different pathways. 

Science Pathway – ideal for students who wish to study Science A Level. 

Creative pathway for students wanting a career in the Creative industries. 

Mixed pathways for those who are unsure but wish to gain good foundation for further study.

All pathways include English and Maths

A good standard of English and Maths is required to be enrolled on this course; if the student has previously studied GCSE it is expected they have achieved a grade 3  in both English and Maths or level 2 functional skills.

Can also do GCSE English and Maths or functional alongside vocational courses.

Joseph Chamberlain College

English and Maths can only be studied along with a vocational course.

One-year course.

Requires minimum 2 x grade 4s including a grade 3 or above in GCSE English Language/Literature and grade 2 in Maths. 

Solihull College

GCSE English and Maths – part time provision route. Able to study English and Maths if enrolled on a full time course.   

Offering functional skills part time

16-18 year olds, must have minimum grade 3 in English/Maths.   

These will be offered at all 3 campuses Blossomfield, Woodlands and Stratford.

Heart of Worcestershire College

GCSE in English Language (Level 2) – interview and pre-course writing task.  Must also have GCSE grade 3 and or Level 2 English Language or Literature.

GCSE in Maths level 2 – minimum requirements grade 3.

Cadbury 6th Form College

Students can re-take GCSE English, Maths and Science alongside a Level 2 qualification. 

Vocational subjects offered are Business, Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism, Sport Studies and Performing Arts.

Must have already achieved a 3 in English and Maths but if the student has 5 GCSEs with some being higher than grade 3 then they may be accepted onto the programme.

Sandwell College

GSCE English, Maths and Biology are being offered to 16-18 year olds alongside studying for another qualification.

If have a Grade 3 in English and Maths you must attend Maths and/or English classes to study to gain a Grade 4.  

If have Grade 2-3 or below in English and Maths, students will need to do Functional Skills sessions as part of Study Programme.  

Halesowen College

English, Maths and Science – must have grade 3 to re-sit.               

Can only be studied alongside a vocational course.   

University College Birmingham

English and Maths are offered alongside their full-time study programme. 

Depending on grade achieved the student will either study GCSE re-sit or functional skills.

Access Creative College

Able to study English and Maths once enrolled onto a full-time course.

Must have achieved grade 3 in English/Maths.

Birmingham Ormiston Academy

One-year GCSE resit programme taking English/Maths by the end of year 12. 

Must have minimum grade 3.

Solihull 6th Form College

Able to take GCSE English and Maths alongside a BTEC course.

Must have a grade 3 in English/Maths to retake.

Enrolment Days 2021

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Online Enrolment: 

You can enrol online now.  Click on link below to find out what you need to do. 

Open Enrolment: 

You can attend colleges sites to enrol from Thursday 12th August 2021 to Thursday 16th September 2021.

You will need identification evidence and proof of qualifications to enrol.  Use the link below to check what evidence & proof you need to take.

Check enrolment specific enrolment dates & times for each college site using the link below  

Summer Enrolment Dates and Times – BMet


Cadbury 6th Form College ​

Current applicants will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment in college.  If you have not received an appointment or need to rearrange your appointment telephone 0121 458 3898.

Students who have not yet applied to Cadbury College can arrange an appointment by telephone, 0121 458 3898.

Joseph Chamberlain College

2021 Enrolment

Current applicants will receive a letter from the college in August, which will provide a specific date and time to attend for enrolment.  This will either be on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th August.  For any other queries telephone 0121 446 2200 or email

Applications have now closed for 2021 entry.  Anyone wishing to make a late application can contact the college in September to be added to the college waiting list. 

South & City College Birmingham

2021 Enrolment

This year the college are encouraging online applications wherever possible.  You can enrol now even before you receive your results.  For information about how to enrol online use this link

Or contact the college if you want to talk to someone about enrolment using the following contact details: or by phone on 0121 694 5000 

University College Birmingham

2021 Enrolment

If you have been offered a place at University College Birmingham, you will be sent an online pre-registration email during the summer.    You can contact Admissions on 0121 604 1040 if you have any queries. 

 Late applications

Book an appointment by completing the online course application

Birmingham Schools

(NB: This is not a complete list of Birmingham school 6th forms)

Aston University Engineering Academy

Aston University Sixth Form are accepting applications for September 2021 please register your details online and an application form will be sent to you via email.

Phone: 0121 380 0570 (Reception) or 0121 380 0572 (Admissions)

Birmingham Ormiston Academy

Applications for 2021 have closed – contact BOA for further details

Phone: 0121 359 9300


Bishop Vesey Grammar School

Contact school for further details:

Phone: 0121 250 5400


Harborne Academy

Contact school for further details:

Phone: 0121 464 2737



King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Contact school for further details:

Phone: 0121 444 2150



King Edward VI Aston School

Contact school for further details:

Phone: 0121 327 1130


King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

Aston University Sixth Form are accepting applications for September 2021 please register your details online and an application form will be sent to you via email.

Phone: 0121 380 0570 (Reception) or 0121 380 0572 (Admissions)

King Edward VI Five Ways School

Contact school for further details:

Phone: 0121 475 3535

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

No longer receiving applications for 6th form.  Details for late applications will be on the website following GCSE Results day. 

Phone: 0121 554 2342


King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Contact school for further details:

Phone: 0121 554 2794


King Edward VI College Stourbridge

Contact school for further details:                   

Phone: 01384 398100 Email:                                                                                                                         


Kings Norton Girls' School

Applications for September 2021 Intake are now closed.

Phone: 0121 675 1305


Moseley School & Sixth Form

Contact school for further details: 

Phone: 0121 566 6444



St Edmund Campion 6th Form

Contact school for further details:  Phone: 0121 464 7700


University of Birmingham School

Applications for September 2021 entry are now closed.  A limited number of places may become available during enrolment, please check the school website for further details.                     

Phone: 0121 796 5000                                                                                                                                 

Colleges Outside Birmingham

Halesowen College

Current applicants will be contacted and asked to submit GCSE exam results online from 12th August 2021.  Induction will take place at late August / early September.

New applicants can apply online via the college website.

Phone: 0121 602 7777

Sandwell College

Current applicants will be contacted and invited to attend an enrolment date after 12th August.

New applicants – see college website for further details.

Phone: 0800 622006 (Course enquiries) or 0121 667 5000 (Switchboard)


Solihull College

Solihull College will be available to answer school leaver/ new applicant queries on 0121 678 7000 at the following times:

Thursday 12th August, 10am – 6pm

Friday 13th August, 9am – 2pm


Stratford-upon-Avon College

Stratford College will be available to answer school leaver/ new applicant queries on 01789 266 245 at the following times:

Thursday 12th August, 10am – 6pm

Friday 13th August, 9am – 2pm

Phone: 01789 2666245


Walsall College

All applicants will be contacted prior to results day to confirm enrolment dates and times. 

New applicants should complete an online application via the college website:

Phone: 01922 657000


Warwickshire College

All applicants will be contacted prior to results day to confirm enrolment dates and times.  If you do not receive your enrolment details please email with your name, college and course.

New applicants should contact the college / see website for latest enrolment details:

Phone: Switchboard 0300 456 0047 (general enquiries for all colleges)


Solihull Sixth Form College

Current applicants will need to login to their Tyber account on 12th August to upload GCSE exam results and book an enrolment interview.  These will take place on 1st or 2nd September.

New applicants should apply online via the sixth form website.  Applications will be added to a waiting list and will be processed during enrolment in September. 

Phone: 0121 704 2581


Heart of Worcestershire College

Current applicants will be contacted prior to GCSE results day to confirm enrolment date and times. 

New applicants should complete an online application form via the college website.

Phone: 0844 880 2500       Email:                                                                                                                      

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Frequently Asked Questions

Many similar questions are asked around exam results day. No question is a silly question, if you are thinking it then somebody else is probably thinking it too. Here are some of the recent questions we have been asked which might help you.

Think about the pros and cons of both an apprenticeship and college. This will be personal to you and It will help to write an actual list. An Apprenticeship is an ‘on the job’ way of learning, combining learning with work. At college you have the choice of academic or vocational courses. It would also be possible to do an apprenticeship at a college and combine both. The important thing is to do your research and fully explore all your options. Your school/college careers adviser or a BCS adviser (if you’ve already left education) can help you to think through your ideas.

The Government requires young people to continue in learning until they are 18 and this includes traineeships and apprenticeships options. This allows you to gain more qualifications and/or improve on your GCSE grades which in turn is going to put you in a better position when applying for employment later. Find out more here:

Contact us at: – one of our Advisers will contact you. You can also call, text or email us – details are on our website

No this isn’t true.  Colleges and training providers are still open and recruiting for courses starting in September 2021.  If you left school/college last year there are opportunities available to start now with lots of training providers.  You are likely to do blended learning (i.e. a mixture of remote on-line learning and face to face) until restrictions are fully lifted.  Vist our website  to take a virtual tour of many local colleges and training providers.  You can also check out the individual college and training provider websites.  These will give you the option to apply NOW for courses.  

You can register on the National Apprenticeship website: – here you will be notified of new opportunities.

You can also check the websites of companies, colleges & job sites (e.g. Indeed) to see if they are advertising Apprenticeships.

Access our leaflet which is packed full of useful hints & tips about Apprenticeships:

Yes. Colleges have courses at many different levels, and they will help you to identify the right level for you. You will be able to learn English & maths alongside your college course. Again, whether this is Entry Level, Level 1 or a GCSE will depend on the level you are at now, but the college will be able to make sure you are studying at the right level.

Yes. If you have an EHCP and the college is offering you a place, this means they can meet your needs. If you don’t have an EHCP, the college can still support you; contact student services to check what support they can offer.

To go to Uni you will need a Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Levels or Level 3 Diploma).  You can study for these at College or 6th Form.  You can also gain a Level 3 qualification as part of an Advanced Apprenticeship.

An Access to Higher Education (Access to HE) course for older students aged 18+ is a flexible way of getting into university and suits those who are returning to education.

Even if your 16 you can not start post 16 education (e.g. college, 6th form or training) until after the statutory school leaving date (2021 = 30th June 2021).  

There is a starting point for everyone at college regardless of whether you were able to take any exams or not. At enrolment Colleges will place you on the right level course.    

The Government has said that grade 4 is a ‘standard pass’. Grade 5 is a ‘strong pass’ and equivalent to a high C and low B on the old grading system. Grade 4 remains the level that students must achieve without needing to re-sit English and maths post-16.

No they are both Level 3 courses.  They just differ in their learning styles.  A Levels are assessed by exams at the end of year 13 and BTEC Level 3 by a mixture of course work, assignments and some small exams.  

A Levels are academic exam-based qualifications.  They allow you to study 3 or 4 different subjects alongside each other.  BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are vocational qualifications linked to career areas.  They are assessed mainly by course work, assignments and some small exams. Higher Education courses accept both types of Level 3 qualifications. 

They’re all valuable! Don’t think about one A Level being more valuable than another.  You need to make your choices based on your own skills, abilities, interests and subjects needed for future career choices.

Choosing a college based on where your friends are going is not advisable. You’ll end up choosing something you may not enjoy & you may leave. Best advice is look at what YOU want to do and then decide what college offers the best course. You’ll make new friends and have new experiences.

No that is not correct. You should be applying for post-16 opportunities early in year 11.  Colleges and 6th Forms will give you a conditional offer.  This offer will tell you what grades you need to get onto that particular course. Most colleges are able to offer you an alternative course if you don’t get the required grades. If you’re in year 11 and haven’t already applied for any courses do so NOW!  

I’m not sure but when you find out please share! If you’re considering a course based on how much money you can make, then chances are you haven’t been given good careers advice. For careers guidance contact your school/college Careers Adviser or if you have left education contact us via our website   Whatever course/career you choose it involves hard work, perseverance and commitment.  Often those with high monetary rewards are very stressful!

You might not get onto the course you originally applied for but most colleges will offer you an alternative course

Hopefully yes, with restrictions lifting gradually. Remember though, use this time in lockdown to create some work experience for yourself. Check in on neighbours, offer to dog walk for them, pick up their medicines and the best one, have a friendly chat with a neighbour to see how they’re doing. There’s lots of things you can be doing within your community to help others which is going to good for you and those people you’re helping.

If you get a Level 3 qualification in Health & Social Care you can progress onto a University degree course.  If you wanted to be a Doctor you would need to do a Science Foundation year followed by a science degree (e.g. Biomedical), followed by medical degree.  This is a very long route.  You may wish to consider other rewarding health care professions, for example, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Midwifery or Physiotherapy.

English & history are good choices as you’re writing essays and analysing text. A Level Law is not essential.

There is no right course.  The right course for YOU depends on YOUR interests, skills, abilities and future career ideas.  You might benefit from meeting with your school/college Careers Adviser of if you have left education contact us via our website

You can choose a maximum of five courses on your UCAS application. There’s lots of things you can doing to prepare for University. Planning ahead is the key: check course entry requirements and if you need any relevant work-experience or need to sit any additional tests (e.g. UCAT).  You can research Universities, degree courses and their entry requirements at

Equality is about ensuring everybody has an equal opportunity and is not treated differently or discriminated against because of their characteristics. All places of learning have an Equality & Diversity policy; ask to view a copy. It is against the law to discriminate against someone’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender or sexual orientation. If you feel you’ve been a victim of discrimination speak to someone to get advice.

To do resits at college you will need to have achieved, at least, Grade 3

If you do a vocational course you will only be able to take English and maths GCSE or functional skills alongside your main course.

No. You will not be disadvantaged.  Your post 16 choices will be the same as for any school leaver. If you’re currently in year 11 Birmingham Careers Service is offering free careers guidance to all Elective Home Educated young people.  Please contact us for further information via our website


Further education is free to all young people aged 16-19. If you’re over 19, it depends on your circumstances. It’s best to always check with the college to see if you qualify for free education.

Yes you will have to pay tuition fees for all University courses.  There are no upfront costs as your tuition fees will be covered by the Government via a Student Loan.  You will not be required to start paying back your Loan until you earn £25,000 or more per year

If you do a Degree Apprenticeship your company will pay all your fees

See Birmingham City Council webpage Elective Home Educated (EHE) for resources and advice

This year Birmingham Careers Service is offering free careers guidance & support to EHE young people who are currently in year 11. You should have received a letter from us, if not please contact us via our website

To become a psychiatrist you’ll need to complete: a five-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council. Then a two-year foundation programme of general training. Followed by three years of core training in Psychiatry and then three years of training in a speciality. For further information visit:

Traditionally you can do either a Midwifery degree or a Nursing degree followed by a post-graduate Midwifery qualification.  There is also a Midwifery Pathway with the NHS for more information Pathways – HASO (     

Entry requirements for nursing degree courses vary because each university sets its own entry criteria.  You are likely to need at least two/three A-levels or a Level 3 (e.g. BTEC Diploma) equivalent qualification. You will also need GCSE English language, maths and a science. The NHS also offer an Apprenticeship pathway to becoming a Registered Nurse Pathways – HASO (

Schools and colleges have all introduced safety measures in line with Government advice such as one-way systems, regular testing and mask wearing. All places of learning will be posting updates on Covid-19 on their websites regularly.

You will be able to study English and maths GCSE or Functional Skills alongside your Level 1 course. The college will assess whether it is best for you to study English and maths GCSEs or Functional Skills

Contact college directly to see what incentives (e.g. bus pass) and support they are able to provide 

No, you can apply to any college that you feel offers the best course for you. However, you’re best to think about your travel time and costs

Most students study 3 or 4 A level subjects in their first year. University offers are normally based on three A level grades. Some people will drop down to 3 subjects in their second year, so the additional workload of studying 4 or 5 subjects doesn’t impact on their grades.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions most colleges are currently offering virtual open days.  Check individual College websites for more information.

For entry to all University courses you will need a Level 3 equivalent qualification (e.g. A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma).  Some courses also require relevant work-experience.  For example, Medicine, Social Work, Dentistry.  Visit

for more information

You can only study a maximum of 4 A Levels.  You should base your choices on your skills, abilities, interests, what you’re good at and your future career plans.


All employers have a legal obligation to keep their employees safe.  Most employers have taken steps to do so.  If you are selected for an interview this is something you can ask the employer more information about.

Some employers will accept candidates with no GCSES in English and maths. If you haven’t achieved Grade 4 or above you will be required to continue studying English and maths.

No. They both require full time commitment. 

You can start an apprenticeship as early as the 1st of July in the year you leave statutory school. School leaver vacancies are currently being advertised on the website below.

You would really need to have an interest in working with and learning about computers & digital technology.  For information about how to research career ideas talk to your school/college Careers Adviser or if you have left school contact us via

If you are quite certain about the type of job you wish to apply for you could consider the apprenticeship route, if not may want to consider your options at college.  Please talk to your school/college Careers Adviser of if you have left education contact us via our website

Yes, your EHCP will be in place up until the age of 25 while you remain in learning.  For further information:

Download the free QDOS Careers App onto your smartphone.  Take a range of interactive quizzes and assessments in the section ‘I don’t know what I want I want to do’.  These will give you an idea of the careers and job types that maybe suited you!

If you’re at school/college contact your Careers Adviser or if you’ve left education contact us via our website

You still need to enrol at the college as requested, and the admissions staff will let you know if you have a place on your chosen course.  If they decide your grades are too low for that course, it is very likely that they will be able to offer you to start on a lower level programme or offer you another course.  For example, you might be offered a Level 2 Diploma in Business instead of your original course of Level 3 Diploma in Business, or instead of A’levels in Science you are offered the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science.  Don’t worry as there is a starting point for everyone at college, and there are many different routes into most careers. 

You can contact colleges and sixth forms after receiving your assessment grades.  Many School Sixth Forms will still have places available, so give them a call and tell them your grades and the subjects you would like to study, and they will let you know if they have availability.  All colleges will advertise enrolment days well into September, which will give you the chance to have a late interview for a place.  Look at the Birmingham Careers Service list of college enrolment dates and times.

Yes, all colleges offer young people the chance to improve their grades in GCSE Maths and English Language alongside a vocational programme, eg business, health & social care etc.  If your GCSE grade was below 3 then you will start by studying Functional Skills in Numeracy and Literacy, which allow you to achieve an equivalent to GCSE Grade 4.