This year's GCSE results were the best yet, but inevitably some pupils will have been disappointed with their grades. Many A-level courses require pupils to have obtained at least 5 A*-C GCSEs. Those who haven't achieved this standard, but want to proceed to further study, may decide to take the private exam entry route in order to improve their GCSE grades.
Here are 5 tips to help you/ your child prepare for GCSE resits if you're considering private exam entry:
1) Contact the relevant exam boards for a list of local examining centres. Examination Officers are not obligated to accept private candidates to their exam centres so you may need to contact more than one centre to find one that will accommodate you.
2) If the GCSE subject you want to resit involves coursework you will need to find someone who can examine it. An exam board moderator may be able to do this but you will need to confirm with the exam centre.
3) Make sure you submit your exam entry paperwork in plenty of time. Each exam centre sets a deadline for exam entry paperwork. Sometimes this includes a visit to the centre to verify your identity.
4) Budget for the fees. As well as the costs of private tuition and exam revision aids, parents also need to budget for the costs of the GCSE resits. Private exam entry usually attracts both administration fees and fees for each individual exam. Entry for GCSE English can cost as much as £50, depending on the exam board.
5) Finally, make sure you put in plenty of study time before the resit exam. Select a private tutor with good credentials who can guide you/ your child towards an improved performance in the relevant subject(s).