Hi everyone! Now as a lot of you may know, yesterday was GCSE Results Day, where undreds upon thousands of nerve-stricken 16 year olds across the country opened their results.
Overall, I am immensely pleased with my grades – I’m not one to pass exams without putting the effort in beforehand, and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into all 21 of the exams. I thought I would share with you all how I did – feel free to comment just under this post your results if you wish, I’d love to know!
My GCSE Results are as follows:
Maths – 7
English Literature – 9
English Language – 9
Art & Design – A
French – A*
History – A
Religious Studies – A*
Spanish – A*
Biology – A
Chemistry – A
Physics – B
I was so surprised and shocked at a number of my results, and the day flew by in a haze. My friends all did amazingly well and I am so proud of all of us for supporting each other and pulling through.
Maths was one of the most shocking for me – I was predicted a 5 just before I took my exams (which is the equivalent of a C) which frustrated me and made me work even harder to prove my teachers wrong. Maths was definitely my worst subject, and I could never grasp the topics, especially as the new GCSE incorporates topics from the A-Level Maths syllabus. A 7 (the equivalent of an A) was beyond what I hoped for!
The 9 in English Literature and the 9 in English Language BLEW ME AWAY. I honestly thought a 9 (equivalent of an A**) was out of the question and I just kept on saying ‘oh my god oh my god’. I worked SO hard for English, learnt so many quotes and context, and just generally pushed myself to the best of my ability.
Languages are one of my strengths, and I am so proud to receive an A* for both French and Spanish. I achieved full UMS for both of the reading part of the exams which is mad, and straight a*s for all parts of my French GCSE. Spanish got the better of me toward the end of 2016, and I remember getting a D for my mock exam. If I can jump four whole grades in five months, this just goes to show that with motivation and determination, you can truly do anything.
I am a little disappointed with my sciences, especially Physics. I got a B for both Physics exams and an A* in the coursework, which makes me wonder why the grade wasn’t raised to an A, but there’s nothing I can do now. I am happy with an A for both Biology and Chemistry, as I got a C in Biology and a B in Chemistry in my December mock exams. Sciences were another of my weaker subjects, so overall I am fine with 2 As and 1 B!
Receiving an A* for Religious Studies is just overwhelming, as only months before the exam my grades for RS were not budging from straight Bs in every test. The grade boundaries this year were super high, but my revision paid off and I ended up getting 86/100 UMS for the first exam and 96/100 UMS for the second exam.
I am a little disappointed with an A in History, as I was hoping for an A*, but I personally found the exams particularly hard. However I got an a* in my coursework, and an a* in one of the exams so I don’t mind too much that the overall grade was lowered! I also achieved an A in Art, which I am happy with but was also hoping for an A*. I worked my absolute a** off for art which is why I really wanted an a* but I was only 7 marks off overall.
I applaud you if you read all that rambles – it was more for me to remember, and nosy people like me who enjoy seeing what other people got. All in all, I’m over the moon and even though they may not be the best, I am happy with them!