All About Retaking Your GCSEs

If you are disappointed with your GCSE results there’s always the option to retake.  

Students are anxiously awaiting their GCSE results, which will be issued on Thursday August 20th.

Rochester Independent College a Kent private school that specialises in retakes is preparing to take enquiries for those who have not secured the grades they were expecting. As well as their long running 1 Year GCSE re-take course, the College is also offering a GCSE revision courses for those looking to take advantage of the November exam sittings.

The College is offering half-term courses for all subjects, with the option of studying 2 subjects over a week, or for Maths and English Language there is the option of a 6 week course running from September –October, with classes held between 4-6pm. To find out more take look at the course information here.

Current GCSE student Peyibomi who joined the College part way through Year 11 says ‘The College has given me the freedom to be myself and feel just as important as every other student, even if I’m not the smartest or loudest person in the room.’ She also mentions that ‘teachers actually care about you and help you to do the best you can.’ This supportive and encouraging atmosphere helps all our students flourish, whether they are with us from year 7, or join as part of a re-take course.

If your GCSE results are not what you hoped for there are options

At Rochester Independent College the post 16 GCSE resit course is completed over one academic year and aimed at those who have taken their GCSEs at other schools but not attained their desired grades.
Classes are small, averaging 8. Teaching time and exam practice is plentiful. 

Principal Alistair Brownlow says: “Our teaching style is positive, enthusiastic and encouraging.

We are fortunate in having teachers who also work as examiners in most subjects resulting in our students receiving the very best preparation for their GCSEs from professionals who are knowledgeable about what is required.

This expertise means students and parents are given more reliable feedback about working levels and there is less danger of coursework marks being changed at moderation.”  

Students attend as day students or those from further afield join others in our on campus boarding houses who are retaking from all over the UK and the rest of the world.

They are encouraged to take a fresh look at their options, retaking core subjects but sometimes adding new GCSEs, which are taught intensively on one-year intensive courses. 

The aim of retaking GCSEs on a one-year course is often to gain entry to selective sixth forms.

Some schools say you can’t do a particular subject unless you’ve got at least a grade A (at least a 6 or 7) in that subject at GCSE. Many university courses also have minimum GCSE grade requirements, particularly in the core subjects. 

Can I start sixth form while retaking GCSES? 

Some students move on to Year 12 at Rochester Independent College while retaking core GCSEs. This year we are anticipating more students than usual wishing to retake their GCSEs in November if they are unhappy with their predicted grades but as long as you choose your subjects wisely this should not stop you progressing to sixth form. 

When might it be best to spend a whole year retaking my GCSEs and repeating year 11? 

It’s important that you only move on to A Level with a thorough grounding and so it may be necessary to spend a full year retaking a number of GCSE subjects, in order to give you the most solid foundation to build on to Year 12. This is particularly important if you are looking to start A levels in the Sciences and Mathematics. 

It is always a shock not to receive the results you wanted but it can often be the start of a journey that leads to even higher grades and better university places than those originally hoped for.

Rochester Independent College can help you get back on track and shine second time around after a disappointing Year 11.

If your GCSE grades don’t cut it, contact Rochester and we will help you plan a way forward that works.

For more information about one year GCSE resit courses at Rochester Independent College click here