Home GCSE English and maths: do I need to resit them? GCSE English and maths: do I need to resit them? Who has to retake the tests and what are your options? 17th July 2019, 12:00am George Ryan Share GCSE English and maths: do I need to resit them? https://www.tes.com/magazine/archive/gcse-english-and-maths-do-i-need-resit-them Copy Link When can I find out my GCSE results? GCSE results day is on Thursday, 22 August 2019. Students will be able to collect their results from their school or college in the morning. Please check with your college or school to find out about timings. Here are some handy tips on what to do on results day. Who has to do a GCSE maths and English resit? Even if you are disappointed with your grade, you do not necessarily have to retake your GCSE in English or maths. Whether or not you have to resit the qualifications depends on your grades. Students aged 16-18, and those aged 19-25 with an education, health and care plan (EHCP), who do not hold a GCSE grade 9-4 (or A*-C) in either of the qualifications, must study English or maths. However, your options depend on the grade you have. Full-time students with a grade 3 (or a D in the old-style GCSEs) in maths and/or English must resit their exams if they want to study at a school or college. Other qualifications such as functional skills cannot be taken as an alternative (although there’s nothing to stop them being taken alongside a GCSE). Full-time students with a grade 2 or below (grade E or below, in the old-style GCSEs) - and part-time students who have a GCSE grade 3 (or grade D) - in maths and/or English can study either a GCSE or an approved stepping-stone qualification to meet the condition of funding. Why do I need to resit? The government says achieving a GCSE grade 9-4 or A*-C in both maths and English “helps students to progress to further study, training and skilled employment”. It is a condition of funding for colleges, sixth forms and schools that students resit these qualifications if they do not have a grade 4 (or C) already. Educational institutions can have their funding cut if they do not meet this requirement. Where can I resit? If you are enrolled on a level 3 course at a college, sixth form or school, you will be able to resit your GCSE English and maths exams there, or arrangements will be made to sit them at a partner institution. Adults who do not hold a GCSE English or maths C grade (or grade 4 in the new-format exams) can resit their exams for free at their local college, even if they are not enrolled on another course. When can I resit? Students can resit their GCSE English or maths exams in November 2019 or June 2020. Can I do functional skills instead? Full-time students with a GCSE grade 2 or below (or grade E or below) and part-time students who have a GCSE grade 3 (or grade D) in maths and/or English can study either a GCSE or an approved “stepping-stone qualification”, such as functional skills, to meet the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s condition of funding. Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities can sit functional-skills exams instead if their educational establishment deems it appropriate, or an alternative lower-level qualification. Will the GCSE resit requirement be scrapped? Despite opposition to the policy from many leaders in the FE sector, education secretary Damian Hinds has indicated that GCSE English and maths resits will continue for the time being. Last year, Mr Hinds told the Commons Education Select Committee that no “new announcements” were planned around the policy. You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Register for free to read more You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below. Alternatively, you can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Subscribe now Register Already registered? Log in You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Subscribe to read more You can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Subscribe now This is 0 of 1 Now only £1 a month for 3 months Subscribe for just £1 per month for the next 3 months to get unlimited access to all Tes magazine content. Or register to get 2 articles free per month. Subscribe now Register Already registered? Log in This is 0 of 1 Now only £1 a month for 3 months Subscribe for just £1 per month for the next 3 months to get unlimited access to all Tes magazine content. Subscribe now George Ryan Share GCSE English and maths: do I need to resit them? https://www.tes.com/magazine/archive/gcse-english-and-maths-do-i-need-resit-them Copy Link Read more Behind the scenes at the provider Ofsted calls ‘fun’ George Ryan • 11th November 2019 T levels: what subjects can you take? George Ryan • 8th August 2019 Should FE now be focusing on soft skills? George Ryan • 26th April 2019 Labour: Scottish college workforce decimated under SNP George Ryan • 18th April 2019 Recent Most read Most shared Lack of training causing ‘patchy’ RSE, schools warned Scottish teachers set for two days of strikes over pay Strep A: Why cases are rising and what schools can do Teaching lacks flexibility of other jobs, warns minister Raising the school starting age to 6: the benefits Revealed: The ‘catastrophic’ drop in teacher trainee numbers Teaching lacks flexibility of other jobs, warns minister Is there a vocabulary ‘slump’ in transition? Can you see learning in the brain?