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Does anyone know how I can get new ones? I say new but I actually never got any in the first place as I went to a crappy school and they didn't have a ceremony or anything, we weren't even informed that we needed to collect any certificates! Do you think I can still get them if I contact the school or have to pay for them or something?

I still have the little slips we got on results day but I don't know if these are generally accepted in place of the real certificates?

Thanks in advance!
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Your old school should have the certificates so just phone up, or call in. The results slip won't count a certificate, though, so your better off getting the real thing.
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I'm in exactly the same situation... and was wondering the exact same thing.


When are we likely to need the actual certificates? and if you're asked to prove what you got at GCSE wont the results slips be good enough proof?
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(Original post by BeesKnees)
Does anyone know how I can get new ones? I say new but I actually never got any in the first place as I went to a crappy school and they didn't have a ceremony or anything, we weren't even informed that we needed to collect any certificates! Do you think I can still get them if I contact the school or have to pay for them or something?

I still have the little slips we got on results day but I don't know if these are generally accepted in place of the real certificates?

Thanks in advance!
If you can't get them from school for whatever reason, you can order a suitable replacement from the examboard(s). You might need them for applying for a job, depends really.

Here's the edexcel one
Here's the OCR one
Here's the AQA one

Hope this helps
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Thanks guys! Rep on it's way
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I had a similar problem when applying to University (I'm a mature student).

It is a very expensive process, expect to pay around £30 a certificate. In the end, I opted for a school's letter that represented a confirmation of my grades. I suspect after University they won't really be needed anyway.
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If you've done exams with several examboards, then you'll to pay them separately.
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The school only HAS to keep them for a year, but you should call them and see if they still have them I doubt they would have thrown them away. Good luck! :p:
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Agreed they shouldn't throw them away not this soon anyway. My school was the same...i had to call in and collect them. I'm sure you'll get them.
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(Original post by Visiting_Babylon)
I had a similar problem when applying to University (I'm a mature student).

It is a very expensive process, expect to pay around £30 a certificate. In the end, I opted for a school's letter that represented a confirmation of my grades. I suspect after University they won't really be needed anyway.
hey there, my situation sounds like yours. Although i havn't started applying yet, i am a mature student and plan to start applying this coming september.

When you say a school's letters, is that simply a letter from your school (where you sat your gcse's) ??

if so will they still keep your records? i left school in 2002.

i cant really afford to fork out loads for new certificates, when all i really want them for is to prove what i got. and even then, my gcse's were so crap there not worth proving :rolleyes:
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(Original post by RocketTown)
hey there, my situation sounds like yours. Although i havn't started applying yet, i am a mature student and plan to start applying this coming september.

When you say a school's letters, is that simply a letter from your school (where you sat your gcse's) ??

if so will they still keep your records? i left school in 2002.

i cant really afford to fork out loads for new certificates, when all i really want them for is to prove what i got. and even then, my gcse's were so crap there not worth proving :rolleyes:
Well, bit of an odd situation for me really, my College had seen my GCSE certs before I moved house, and then after the move, they got lost in the moving process. So, my college certified the certificates (pardon the pun).

I did telephone my old secondary school in a bid for their confirmation of said grades, but they didn't have any records pre 2003 or something, obviously this is a subjective situation. It depends on whether or not your school has records dating back to when you were a student there. Best to give them a call or an e-mail to enquire. Best of luck!
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My boyfriend collected his GCSE certificates about 3 years late after i pestered him about it. School kept them for that long.
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I'm going to try calling my school first and hopefully they'll have them! It wasn't a very good school though and they weren't particularly organised, so I won't be surprised if they can't/won't help.
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again, exactly the same situation with me.

i'll probably email or go in person to see them, but it was about 4 years ago when i left. Are the results slips definatly not good enough then? i really cant afford to fork out for new ones
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I left mine in 2004. Everyone I've spoken to has said the results slips won't be good enough . I suppose you could get your school to write a letter confirming the grades you got if you just need them for uni, but then again they might be required for something else in future!

I actually need them for something else right now but I can't afford to get new ones so i'm going to send off the results slips and hope they're accepted. I'll still need them for uni though so I'll still try go into my school and ask, or start saving up for new ones :s:
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