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Old 11-04-2010, 15:58
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Hi all

Is it possible to get hold of your old exam results, say, from about 20-25 years ago ? GCSE's/0-levels ?

I mean, if you can't, then I guess you can say that you've got all manner of grades on an application form etc...


Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-04-2010, 16:13
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Yes, if you know your exam board contact them... or if not your old school could help.


I threw mine out a while ago by accident and had to that.
But you are right to be honest... I don't think anybody cares about Olevels/Alevels... and even degrees, once you get past a certain age. I nobody has ever checked up on mine... or asked to see proof.

Sometimes just for fun... I say I got a GCSE in some obscure subject or language (One that is completely irrelevant to the job Im applying for.. so it not like I'm falsely claiming to have an important skill that I don't have)... But my real grades were good, so I don't need to lie about those.
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Old 11-04-2010, 16:28
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I was wondering about this too, funnily enough. I haven't even seen mine in twenty odd years and my school has since been knocked down.
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Old 11-04-2010, 16:30
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20 years after your exams, i seriously doubt employers will care about your school qualifications. the important things for them is your previous employment history and references. as long as you've those covered i doubt anyone will ask to see copies of you GCSEs
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Old 11-04-2010, 17:15
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I have employed LOADS of people over the years and have never once asked for proof of school exams - would only ever be interested in a degree or higher.
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Old 11-04-2010, 17:19
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The only place it can be an issue is with public sector jobs. They ask for everything that is on the essential criteria.
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Old 11-04-2010, 17:46
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The only place it can be an issue is with public sector jobs. They ask for everything that is on the essential criteria.
This is true, about 4 years ago I needed to find work and applied to local government and the NHS and they wanted evidence of all exams passed and I had finished my education in 1976. Fortunately I had kept all of my CSE's ,GCE's and City & Guilds training certifcates.
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Old 11-04-2010, 18:37
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The only place it can be an issue is with public sector jobs. They ask for everything that is on the essential criteria.
What if you haven't any record of the qualifications ? - surely they can't say 'sorry, but we can't employ you'
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Old 11-04-2010, 18:41
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It's true about public sector jobs - I work for a local authority and we ask candidates to bring proof of their qualifications with them to interview - and we check them and copy the certificates.

It's worth going to the effort of trying to track them down because if you can't prove you meet the minimum criteria for a job you may not be offered it.
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Old 11-04-2010, 19:03
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We're told in university that employers only want your most recent qualifications and really will only want your university results. Some might want school ones but it's unlikely IMO. They also told us that some employers aren't too bothered what you did your degree in as long as you have one and the grades are decent.
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Old 11-04-2010, 19:17
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For my current job and my previous job I had to provide my degree certificate as proof. Nobody was interested in earlir / lesser qualifications.
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Old 11-04-2010, 19:33
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What if you haven't any record of the qualifications ? - surely they can't say 'sorry, but we can't employ you'
People lie though. Its up to you to keep your certificates safe. Employers have looked at mine several times at interview.
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Old 11-04-2010, 19:49
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People lie though. Its up to you to keep your certificates safe. Employers have looked at mine several times at interview.
Yes, but as asked in the opening post, what if it's been such a long time ? - do you think a prospective employer will overlook that ?

I mean, if they're that hell-bent on seeing something on paper, why not give a test to see if the employee is qualified ?
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Old 11-04-2010, 19:56
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Yes, but as asked in the opening post, what if it's been such a long time ? - do you think a prospective employer will overlook that ?
They may overlook it if you ask but they may not. I dont think the time matters. Certificates are important bits of paper so you look after them.
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Old 11-04-2010, 20:20
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Yes, but as asked in the opening post, what if it's been such a long time ? - do you think a prospective employer will overlook that ?

I mean, if they're that hell-bent on seeing something on paper, why not give a test to see if the employee is qualified ?
It's your responsibility to be able to provide evidence that you hold the qualifications you are claiming to. Why should an employer have to go to the trouble of giving people who've been careless with their certificates a test? Sorry but these are the hoops you may have to jump through to get a job.
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Old 11-04-2010, 20:22
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I always thought of GCSEs as a prerequisite to get on to an A' Level course, then University course. I've never been asked to produce evidence of my GCSEs for a job interview.
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Old 11-04-2010, 20:24
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A few years back my sister was able to get hold of her exam results from some 20 years before when she needed them for a job by just contacting her old school. So it is possible.
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Old 11-04-2010, 20:27
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If you need to produce them you can contact your exam board and they charge you for new certificates.
They can look you up on the system first to see if you took your exam with them. Edexcel is the biggest one from the last 15 years.
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Old 11-04-2010, 20:55
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Over 40 I have been told it is more about life/job experience, I could tell them I had class A 'O' levels in everything and they don't really care.

Put what you want, I don't think they will look them up.
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Old 11-04-2010, 21:00
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Over 40 I have been told it is more about life/job experience, I could tell them I had class A 'O' levels in everything and they don't really care.
Agreed. If someone is of that age then I doubt any potential employer would care about high school exam results. They'll be more occupied with previous work experience and role experience plus current skill set. After a while school exams become meaningless. Granted if you went to uni then that is perhaps a different story as those are probably still important.
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Old 11-04-2010, 21:13
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This is true, about 4 years ago I needed to find work and applied to local government and the NHS and they wanted evidence of all exams passed and I had finished my education in 1976. Fortunately I had kept all of my CSE's ,GCE's and City & Guilds training certifcates.
I have worked in various positions for the NHS as a nurse and have never had to show anything other than my nursing qualifications. Perhaps its different in other jobs within the nhs
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Old 11-04-2010, 22:05
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Over 40 I have been told it is more about life/job experience, I could tell them I had class A 'O' levels in everything and they don't really care.

Put what you want, I don't think they will look them up.
It depends what you do, and as mentioned above what the essential criteria for the job is.

I worked teaching basic skills ( literacy and numercy) and a women in her fifties who was retraining as a tutor had to sit her GCSE in maths because it was essential criteria and she couldn't prove that she had the equivelant. The fact that she had worked previously for over 20 years in accountancy wasn't enough.

The same , as far as I am aware, applies if you want QT status no matter your age.
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Old 11-04-2010, 22:14
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I am an exams officer in a school and get lots of requests for old results - many people need them for university applications or for proof for potential employees. I would start with your old school if possible - they will have an exams officer there so ask to be put through to them.

Exam boards used to be regional then went national so the old records were split between the main boards, I see you are Yorkshire so its probably OCR you'd need to contact to get records. The exams officer should be able to confirm - they do charge for this though I can't remember off the top of my head how much but its approx 30 per certificate.
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Old 11-04-2010, 22:24
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It depends what you do, and as mentioned above what the essential criteria for the job is.

I worked teaching basic skills ( literacy and numercy) and a women in her fifties who was retraining as a tutor had to sit her GCSE in maths because it was essential criteria and she couldn't prove that she had the equivelant. The fact that she had worked previously for over 20 years in accountancy wasn't enough.

The same , as far as I am aware, applies if you want QT status no matter your age.
Well to be honest I think that should go for everyone, my 'O' level 28 years ago should be tested again for a job like that.

Some of the people I know did not do well at the age of 16 passing a test, they have gone on to better things and that bit of paper means nothing now.
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Old 11-04-2010, 22:27
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I remember coming home with my O Level results and was so pleased that I got 5 of them (considering I could never do any revision or homework because of abuse at home). I showed them to my 'mum' who ripped the paper up because she knew I was smarter than her. I couldn't remember the grades I got, so on my CV I have put down I have O Levels and just assumed the people who interview me do all the checks.
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