How do I retake my GCSE Exam?
1. Book your Resit
The first step is to book your Ofqual regulated resit GCSE exams with Pass My GCSE. Select the exam date, exam board you are sitting with, and your tier. For maths and English GCSE exams, you can select either May or November exams. If you are looking to book your GCSE science resit then these are sat in May/June. The fees we charge include everything from your exam booking, finding an exam centre local to you, to your certificate.
2. Prepare for your Resit
The Pass My GCSE online GCSE maths courses, GCSE English courses and GCSE science courses provide you with everything you need to revise and pass your GCSE resit, which includes video tutorials by expert tutors, practice questions, exam questions by topic and mock exams, with written and video solutions explaining the best ways to answer the questions.
All of the Pass My GCSE online GCSE courses have been designed to follow the exam board specification of your choosing, and allow you to work at your own pace, tracking your progress along the way. For GCSE resit courses, there is no better place than Pass My GCSE.
3. Sit your Resit Exam
Sit your GCSE resit at an exam centre local to you. If you prepare for exam to the best of your ability, then you will be more likely to pass your exam resit than if you did little to no revision. Hopefully you will pass your resit on the first attempt, but if not, then you can resit as many times as you like, or take an equivalent qualification such as a functional skills level 2 exam or a GCSE equivalency exam.
GCSE Resit Information
Do I need to retake a GCSE exam if I fail?
To move onto higher education, or for certain career paths, you will need to have acquired a grade 4 (previously a C) in your GCSE exams. Failing to do so may hold you back from bettering your opportunities in the future.
You may even want to retake your GCSE exam to get a higher grade. Either way, see retaking your exam as an opportunity to better your skillset and future chances of success.
Which GCSE Exams can I retake?
You can usually retake any GCSE exam that you want. However, the most common exams to retake are GCSE Maths and GCSE English, as a grade 4 in both maths and English is expected of students by the government. Many people resit science GCSE exams too, as lots of jobs require you to have achieved a grade 4 in your GCSE Science.
Are GCSE retakes for 16 year olds only?
Anyone can retake a GCSE at any age, whether you are 16, or are an adult returning to education. If you are returning to education, we recommend purchasing a course to get a full understanding of the material that may be included in the exam. Pass My GCSE offers high quality, online courses to help you revise for your GCSE retake for adults, or younger students.
How many times can I resit a GCSE?
You can retake your GCSEs as many times as you need to until you pass, there is no limit. However, if you are struggling to pass your GCSE exams, then it may be worth taking another recognised qualification. If you want to resit maths and English GCSE exams, you can take these in November or May of each year. For your resit science GCSE exams and other subjects, there are only done in the summer.
When can I retake my GCSE Exam?
You can resit maths GCSE and resit English GCSE exams in autumn of each year, usually around November.
You can retake all other GCSE exams, including maths and English, in summer of each year, usually in May or June.
For autumn 2023 and summer 2024, here are the important dates you need to know for maths and English resits:
|Deadline for entries Deadline for entries||Wednesday 4th October 2023|
|Deadline to submit English language spoken language endorsement grades Deadline to submit English language spoken language endorsement grades||Sunday 5th November 2023|
|English language paper 1 English language paper 1||Tuesday 7th November 2023|
|Maths paper 1 Maths paper 1||Wednesday 8th November 2023|
|English language paper 2 English language paper 2||Thursday 9th November 2023|
|Maths paper 2 Maths paper 2||Friday 10th November 2023|
|Maths paper 3 Maths paper 3||Monday 13th November 2023|
|Results released to schools and colleges Results released to schools and colleges||Wednesday 10th January 2024|
|Results released to pupils Results released to pupils||Thursday 11th January 2024|
Are there any alternatives to sitting a GCSE?
If you are looking at resitting maths and English GCSE exams, then it may be worth considering an equivalent GCSE qualification such as a functional skills level 2. The level 2 qualifications are accepted by all UK Universities and employers as a GCSE equivalent. The exams can be sat at any time during the year and the results are returned within a few weeks so they are much more convenient than the GCSE. In addition to this the level 2 qualification has much less content than the GCSE so in general people find it easier to pass. If you are looking for an adult GCSE and adult GCSE courses, then the functional skills level 2 is usually your best bet.
You could instead sit a GCSE equivalency exam for maths, English or science. These exams are shorter than GCSE exams, and tend to be in a hybrid format, incorporating multiple GCSE papers in one exam. For GCSE equivalency exams, you can achieve higher than a grade 4 too, so are perfect for students needing to achieve a grade 5 or above. These are approved by universities and professions globally, and are generally the best option for pursuing a career in teaching.
If you are an adult GCSE student looking to resit GCSE Maths online or your English GCSE online, the functional skills level 2 would be our recommendation. If you are looking to resit your science GCSE online, then a GCSE equivalency exam would be your best option.
Our GCSE Retake Locations
We offer exams at examination centres in multiple cities across England. We aim to ensure that you are never too far away from an exam centre to sit your GCSE resits.