From how to prepare for the big day to the option of retaking exams, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about your child's GCSE results day.
Private Tutors for GCSE Retakes
The GCSE qualification is the foundation for your child’s future study and employment. If their results were lower than expected, a GCSE retake tutor will provide them with the support they need to improve their results the second-time round. We introduce the highest calibre of GCSE retake tutors who will help your child tackle subjects they found difficult and will share their tried and tested techniques for GCSE exams, coursework and revision. Drawing upon their experience and the guidelines laid out by AQA, Edexcel and all other leading exam boards, the tutor we introduce will prepare your child for future success.
If you are searching for a GCSE retake tutor, contact one of our tuition consultants or use our online enquiry form further down this page.
GCSE Retake Tutors
Ahmad is a Master of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. He provides tuition in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and University applications.
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Can you retake GCSE?
Yes. If you weren’t happy with your GCSE grades, you can resit any of your GCSEs to secure better results.
Benefits of GCSE resits
Most students will be required to retake their GCSEs if they receive a grade 3 or lower. However, you can also choose to retake if you achieved grade 4 or above, but want to improve your result.
This would be beneficial for university applications – only some courses include GCSE grades as part of their entry requirements, but all will look more favourably upon an applicant with a strong set of GCSEs. Furthermore, some schools will require students to have received a certain grade at GCSE (typically 7 or above) in order to study the same subject at A Level or IB. In this case, resitting is a great option to meet your school’s requirements.
How to retake GCSEs
If you would like to retake your GCSEs, you have a range of options.
Many schools will allow students to retake their GCSEs. Typically, your school will register you for the exams and offer you any catch-up or revision classes necessary. You can usually retake GCSEs whilst also studying for your A Levels, so there is no need to take a year out of education.
In a college
There are many GCSE and sixth-form colleges which facilitate retakes. Students enrol in the college, typically paying a fee for each subject you are retaking, and receive small-group teaching to prepare for the exams. As in school, the college would usually register you for the exams and provide invigilation for the resit.
With a GCSE retake tutor
If you are looking for highly personalised preparation for GCSE resits, working with an experienced retake tutor is the best option. Unlike in a group class, a 1-1 tutor can focus on the topics you find difficult, providing targeted teaching and exam preparation, to optimise your chances of securing a better result second time around. At SLT, the tutors we introduce are subject and exam board experts and have outstanding track records of success with GSCE retakes in English, Maths, Science and many other subjects.
The tutor can be supplementary to school or college teaching, or can prepare you for the retake entirely on their own. If it’s the latter, you would need to remember to register for the exams and find an exam centre for yourself as a private candidate.
When are GCSE retakes and when do results come out?
There are two times during the year when you can retake GCSEs: November and May/June.
November retakes are only available for GCSE Maths and English. Results are then released in January. May/June retakes are available for all subjects, including Maths and English. Results are then released on GCSE results day in August.
Every exam board will have a different timetable, so it is advisable to check the website of the exam board you are taking for exact dates.
How old do you have to be to resit?
You can retake your GCSEs at any age – whether it’s as a 16-year-old who just got their results in August, or as an adult seeking to improve their qualifications.
How many times can you retake?
There is no limit on the number of times you can retake GCSEs. However, it is not always advisable to retake multiple times if you don’t need to. For instance, if you are retaking to support your university applications, bear in mind that universities can see the number of times you have resat your GCSEs – improving from a 5 to a 7 first time around might be impressive, but if you need to retake three or four times, admissions officers might conclude that you are not naturally strong in that subject.
How much does it cost to retake GCSEs?
The cost of resitting GCSEs depends on how you choose to retake them. Attending a college will incur course fees of above £6,000 per subject. Working with a private tutor is likely to be charged hourly.
If you are retaking GCSEs as a private candidate, you will need to register with an exam centre, which incurs a fee of typically around £150-400 per subject.
How to prepare for the retake
If you decide to resit your GCSEs, you should begin preparing as soon as possible. For May/June retakes, we recommend working with an expert private tutor for a full academic year. Regular sessions 2-3 times per week, with homework set in between, will ensure that you cover the entire syllabus.
If your retake for GCSE English or GCSE Maths is coming up in November, you may only have a few months to prepare, in which case the tuition will need to be more intensive.
It is advisable to begin by going over the GCSE curriculum and identifying the areas you struggled with the most, as these should be the focus of your preparation. We also recommend requesting your exam scripts from the first time you took your GCSEs to help you understand where you won and lost the all-important marks.
Then, when the exams are around two months away, you should begin revision. Create a realistic revision timetable and don’t forget to include plenty of time to work on practice papers, exam technique and time management. You can read more revision tips for GCSEs in our blog.
What happens if the resit results are worse than original results?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for students to see no improvement – or achieve a worse result – in their resit. There is no way to hide this from universities – they will be able to see both your original and your resit result.
In this case, you can either choose to retake again or stick with your original grade. However, if you have not achieved a grade 4 or higher in English or Maths, you are legally required to keep studying that subject until age 18.
GCSE retake colleges in London
There are several colleges in London which prepare students for GCSE resits, including Albemarle College, MPW, DLD College and Collingham College.
If you are unsure whether working with a private tutor or attending a college would be better for you or your child, you can contact our team of education consultants who will be able to advise you.
University applications and GCSE resits
Retaking your GCSEs can be an excellent idea for supporting your university applications. Many courses will include GCSEs as part of their entry requirements, but even those which do not will look more favourably upon a candidate with a strong set of GCSE results.
Universities can see if you have retaken your GCSEs. And though the vast majority will accept resit results, it is important to keep this in mind. Improving your grades first time around will show intelligence and tenacity, but failing to improve after several tries might suggest to admissions officers that you do not have the skills and knowledge required to succeed on their course.
Frequently asked questions
The cost of retaking a GCSE varies depending on how you retake it. If you resit in your school, there is likely to be no cost. Enrolling in a private college to retake will typically cost around £6,000 per subject, while working with a private tutor will usually be charged hourly. If you are resitting as a private candidate, you will need to pay a fee to register with an exam centre, usually around £150-400 per subject.
Having strong grades at Maths GCSE is beneficial for many university applications and even careers. Some schools will also require you to have a grade 7 or above to study Maths or a related subject at A Level or IB. In this case, retaking can definitely be beneficial.
Before you decide to retake, it is important to balance the potential reward of a better GCSE grade with the required investment of time and effort you will need to achieve this. There is no guarantee that your grade will improve second time around, and you might be better off focusing on your A Levels or IB and achieving strong grades in those.
Yes, absolutely. If you were not happy with your GCSE results in English Language or Literature, you can resit these exams to try and achieve a higher grade.
If you achieve a grade 3 or lower at English or Maths GCSE, you will usually need to retake it. If you are only studying part time in sixth-form or taking an apprenticeship, you may be able to take a different English or Maths qualification, but you will still need to keep studying the subject until age 18.
There is no hard and fast answer to this. For many students it will be, as having strong GCSE grades is beneficial for university admissions and career prospects. However, it is crucial to weigh the potential benefits against the time and effort required for improvement. There is no assurance of a better grade upon retaking, and alternatively focusing on excelling in your A Levels or IB might prove more beneficial in achieving overall academic success.
The vast majority of universities and courses will accept resit results. If you are unsure, contact university’s admissions department. Showing improvement in your resits can be a good sign of commitment and intelligence, especially if mitigating circumstances affected your initial result. However, needing to retake multiple times, or failing to improve on a retake, might suggest to an admissions team that you are not naturally strong in that subject.
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