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Retaking 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 23rd.

Rochester Independent College a Kent private school that specialises in retakes is however reporting a surge in enquiries ahead of results day about GCSE resit courses. 

Michael Gove may have been reshuffled out of the Department of Education a long time ago but the impact of his reforms continues to be felt as the newly toughened up GCSEs graded 1-9 with 9 being the top-grade kick in.

These new exams were billed as setting higher expectations and demanding more from students. According to UK charity Childline, the numbers of teenagers asking for counselling about GCSE and A level exam results increased by 20% last year and that’s hardly a surprise with so much riding on the results.  

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 really in the know 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 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. It is possible to retake English and Maths GCSEs in November or in January for IGCSEs.  

It’s important though 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’s 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

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