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GCSE Autumn Exam Sitting

On 18 March 2020, the government announced that GCSE exams will not take place in the current academic year to help fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

After the closure of schools in March and the cancellation of this year's GCSE exams teachers in schools have been working hard predicting their students' GCSE grades. Schools have been told by Ofqual that "it is highly likely that all centres will see some adjustment, in at least one subject, to their centre assessment grades, however carefully they have made their judgments.” It is similarly likely then that some GCSE students will be unhappy with their grades and look at the possibility of retaking their GCSEs, either in the autumn sitting or at the end of next academic year, essentially retaking Year 11.

The new autumn sitting will for some students be the first opportunity they have to sit the GCSE exams as many private candidates were not able to find centres able to predict them grades this summer.

We are still awaiting full details of what the GCSE exams in the autumn will look like as the Ofqual consultation continues. Some exam boards have always made English and Maths resits available in November but the government have indicated that this year students will have the opportunity to sit this autumn all of the GCSEs they were not able to do in the summer because of the pandemic.

GCSE Revision Courses at Rochester Independent College for the Autumn Sitting

RIC will be running intensive revision courses to support students who wish to take their GCSE exams in the new autumn sitting.

Further details about these courses will appear on this page over the summer as we receive more information from the government.

We will also be running our well-established one year intensive GCSE retake programmes for both day and boarding students.

GCSE results 2020 FAQ's

Can I appeal if I am not happy with the calculated GCSE grades I am issued with in the summer?

Currently, there is no direct appeal process in place to challenge these grades. The only proposed way of appealing would be for a school, college or a Centre to challenge the procedure of the exam board.

Ofqual have indicated that students will be allowed to take exams in Autumn 2020, if they are unhappy with the Centre assessment grade and this opportunity in effect replaces the usual appeal process.

Can a Year 11 student unhappy with their August grades, start an A level course and take GCSE exams in the autumn series?

It is highly likely that many schools will show a greater level of flexibility this year. Many UK independent schools have already committed to honouring sixth form conditional places irrespective of August results. At Rochester Independent College we often have students who combine starting A level studies in year 12 while resitting GCSEs so this situation is one that we are very used to.

Schools have been told by Ofqual that "it is highly likely that all centres will see some adjustment, in at least one subject, to their centre assessment grades, however carefully they have made their judgments.” It is similarly likely then that some GCSE students will be unhappy with their grades and look at the possibility of retaking their GCSEs, either in the autumn sitting or at the end of next academic year, essentially retaking Year 11.

When will the autumn GCSE exams actually be?

Exact dates have not been released because of the continued uncertainty around the full reopening of schools and colleges, exams regulator Ofqual said.

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