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    So I took my GCSE's in the summer of May/June 2014, due to things going on in my life at the time I ended up missing a lot of exams at the time or not doing well in most that I took. I am at my local college now doing great and I am retaking my Maths GCSE in college because they have a whole department for English and Maths resits, but I would like to retake two more exams that I failed and missed, mainly I would like to resit my Science GCSE for the career I want to go into.

    Looking around I have learned about becoming a private candidate but I can't find too much information out there about what's going on. I don't think my college can really help me a lot here so I was hoping that maybe someone on here who had some sort of understanding of I could and would have to do being a private candidate?

    Any help would be really great!
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    (Original post by holly1798)
    So I took my GCSE's in the summer of May/June 2014, due to things going on in my life at the time I ended up missing a lot of exams at the time or not doing well in most that I took. I am at my local college now doing great and I am retaking my Maths GCSE in college because they have a whole department for English and Maths resits, but I would like to retake two more exams that I failed and missed, mainly I would like to resit my Science GCSE for the career I want to go into.

    Looking around I have learned about becoming a private candidate but I can't find too much information out there about what's going on. I don't think my college can really help me a lot here so I was hoping that maybe someone on here who had some sort of understanding of I could and would have to do being a private candidate?

    Any help would be really great!
    Thanks! )
    I was in a similar boat to you during my gap year.
    My recommendation is that if your school/sixth-form college doesn't let you resit them as a private candidate the only alternative is to find another local college nearby and ask if they would allow you to resit your GCSEs as a private candidate. They will normally charge you quite a hefty amount so be prepared as you won't just be paying the costs of the paper fee but also the fee for administration which profits that particular college.

    My local college charged £55/paper as a private candidate. So expect roughly a similar fee.
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    (Original post by holly1798)
    but I would like to retake two more exams that I failed and missed, mainly I would like to resit my Science GCSE for the career I want to go into.

    Looking around I have learned about becoming a private candidate but I can't find too much information out there about what's going on. I don't think my college can really help me a lot here so I was hoping that maybe someone on here who had some sort of understanding of I could and would have to do being a private candidate? )
    Any exam centre (=any secondary school or college) can accept you as a private candidate but the cheapest one is likely to be where you are so ask them first. The price the exam boards charge the centre for a GCSE is around £30 but expect to pay some extra for admin and invigilation. If you have already taken Science GCSE then stick to the saem exam board and you can carry forward the controlled assessment and just re-sit the exams - this should be simpler and much cheaper than starting from scratch. The same applies to controlled assessment for any other GCSE.

    I suggest you go and talk to the exams officer at your college about whether you can re-sit there (make sure you know which exam boards and specifications you want to take.) The entry deadline for this summer is 21 february (at the exam board) but the centre will probably want to finalise things earlier than that so go sooner rather than later.

    Use BBC Bitesize, CGP guides and other stuff recommended here to learn the work.
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    I was in a similar boat to you during my gap year.
    My recommendation is that if your school/sixth-form college doesn't let you resit them as a private candidate the only alternative is to find another local college nearby and ask if they would allow you to resit your GCSEs as a private candidate. They will normally charge you quite a hefty amount so be prepared as you won't just be paying the costs of the paper fee but also the fee for administration which profits that particular college.

    My local college charged £55/paper as a private candidate. So expect roughly a similar fee.
    Thanks for the help! I was definitely expecting some sort of price to come in with it but I'm hoping when I speak to my college advisor tomorrow she will be able to give me a straight up answer before it gets to late to enter.

    Thanks again!


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