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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.

GCSE exams will start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November.

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.

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

Half-term GCSE Revision Courses for the November exams- all subjects

Week commencing 26th to 31st October

  • 12 hours per subject, most run as two-day courses
  • Choose two subjects to revise in one week
  • Triple science available as three individual courses, double science taken as one course
  • £450 per subject

GCSE September – October Revision Courses for Maths and English

  • 6 week revision course commencing week of the 14th September
  • 4 hours per week, timetabled 4pm-6pm to suit students studying in local 6th forms
  • 24 hours per subject over a 6 week period
  • English Language and Maths only
  • £900 per subject

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.

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