Retakes/Resits, Revision and External Candidates
If you haven’t achieved the exam results you’d hoped for, don’t panic! You are certainly not alone and we are here to assist all students who may want to resit GCSE or A Level exams in order to improve their grades.
A Levels (AS and A2)
Since 2014 it is not possible to retake AS or A2 modules in January, so all resits are taken in the main summer exam period in May or June.
Some private sixth-form colleges offer 1 year retake courses whereby you will enrol in September, complete your UCAS university application, and then take a few months off to work or travel before returning in the spring for an intensive period of study leading up to the exam.
You may prefer to take a whole year to prepare for your retake/s. Most colleges offer one-year intensive A Level retake courses. In some cases you can combine these with starting a new subject, and indeed many colleges encourage this as it adds a new dimension to your studies and may increase your level of motivation as well as improving your academic portfolio.
Most colleges also offer one or two week revision courses in the Easter or Summer holidays.
When it comes to university applications many establishments are pleased to accept applications from retaking candidates as such students show determination, perseverance and ambition. However each department in a university may have their own policy with regard to retakes. To know where you stand you should make contact to discover if they welcome reapplications and what grades they require.
Some private colleges provide the traditional full two-year GCSE courses and almost all colleges provide intensive courses covering GCSE in a year.
Students who have taken GCSE already and who need to improve will either look to start sixth form and retake one or two GCSEs alongside, or spend the year retaking.
The best option depends upon whether you are academically ready to go on into the sixth-form. If you have fewer than 5 C grades at GCSE you are probably better off resitting GCSEs over a year in order to strengthen your skills in general before starting the sixth form.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
We know a number of private tutor companies that can assist with tuition for retaking IB modules so please get in contact to discuss the options.
Resitting Exams as an External Candidate
Some students just want to resit an examination without tuition and are seeking an examination centre. We may be able to refer you to a college that can help. Please note that fees are payable to the college for this facility.