GCSE resits: English and maths entries up by 5%

More than 109,000 GCSE entries were recorded for students aged 16 and over in November, according to new Ofqual figures

Kate Parker

GCSE resits: The number of students retaking GCSEs in November has increased

There were 109,495 entries from students aged 16 and over for GCSE maths and English in November, Ofqual has revealed today. This was an increase of 5 per cent from the previous November.

There were 55,955 entries in GCSE mathematics in November 2019. In comparison, November 2018 brought 55,125 entries for GCSE mathematics – meaning there was an increase of 2 per cent this year. The majority (94 per cent) of entries in 2019 were for the foundation tier.

And entries for GCSE English language increased by 8 per cent: there were 49,585 entries in November 2018, compared with 53,540 entries last month.

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The data also revealed that Year 12 entries had increased by 4 per cent, from 57,650 in 2018 to 60,090 in 2019, and Year 13 entries had increased by 5 per cent from 47,010 in 2018 to 49,400 in 2019.

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Candidates who do not manage to achieve at least a grade 4 in GCSE English or maths at school are required to continue studying the qualifications at a college or sixth form, under the condition of funding rules. Those with a grade 2 or below in GCSE maths and/or English at school will have to continue to study the subjects at college, but they can take either a GCSE or an approved stepping-stone qualification to meet the condition of funding. Students with a grade 3 are required to retake the GCSE.

Students who took resits in November will receive their results on 16 January 2020. 

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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a FE reporter.

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