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I'm going to do via distance learning, Travel and tourism, Business studies, and English language. I have a choice of doing either these qualifications with the new specification and new 9-1 grading system OR doing these three qualifications with the alphabetical grading system and older specification but if I do the exams with the alphabetical grading system, there will be no resit options, I can only the exams for these subjects once and that's it.

What option do you advise I take? The alphabetical grading and older specification or new specification and 9-1 grading system?
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I'm going to do via distance learning, Travel and tourism, Business studies, and English language. I have a choice of doing either these qualifications with the new specification and new 9-1 grading system OR doing these three qualifications with the alphabetical grading system and older specification but if I do the exams with the alphabetical grading system, there will be no resit options, I can only the exams for these subjects once and that's it.

What option do you advise I take? The alphabetical grading and older specification or new specification and 9-1 grading system?
I think it's the subject choices which interest me more than the minutiae of specifications. Do you mind my asking what course you were hoping these GCSE would help lead to? Or are you just doing them for leisure learning?
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You will have to do English Language with 9-1 grades as the old specification is no longer available.
If you are intending to take Business Studies in 2018 then it will have to be A*-G but from 2019 it will have to be 9-1.
The final chance to take Travel and Tourism GCSE will be in Summer 2018 with A*-G grades. After that the GCSE is being withdrawn.
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It mostly depends on how confident you are that you can be ready to take your exams in summer 2018 and pass them. Obviously doing the new specification gives you the resit/delay safety net.

Also as Compost has said, some subjects have already withdrawn the old spec.
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I think it's the subject choices which interest me more than the minutiae of specifications. Do you mind my asking what course you were hoping these GCSE would help lead to? Or are you just doing them for leisure learning?
I'm doing other subjects as well, but why do you say that about these subjects? Are they not considered worth much?
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I'm doing other subjects as well, but why do you say that about these subjects? Are they not considered worth much?
It's not that they're not 'worth much' - it's just that doing GCSEs via distance learning is usually because you 'need' them for something further, e.g. maths and English for a university application, or science to act as a foundation for further study. So they're a little bit unusual as distance learning choices. But no, by no means 'worthless'.
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You will have to do English Language with 9-1 grades as the old specification is no longer available.
If you are intending to take Business Studies in 2018 then it will have to be A*-G but from 2019 it will have to be 9-1.
The final chance to take Travel and Tourism GCSE will be in Summer 2018 with A*-G grades. After that the GCSE is being withdrawn.
Because I've already started English language IGCSE, I can either take the exams in January 2018, which is the final time you can take the exam with the alphabetical grading system but it has no resit option, or start a new gcse English language with the new specification and 9-1 grading system.

So I'm not sure what to do regarding these three subjects....
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Because I've already started English language IGCSE, I can either take the exams in January 2018, which is the final time you can take the exam with the alphabetical grading system but it has no resit option, or start a new gcse English language with the new specification and 9-1 grading system.

So I'm not sure what to do regarding these three subjects....
If you want advice then you need to be accurate - you said you were studying GCSEs. Exactly what are you currently studying? (i.e. what qualification and what exam board)
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If you want advice then you need to be accurate - you said you were studying GCSEs. Exactly what are you currently studying? (i.e. what qualification and what exam board)
The igcse English language I've already signed up for is with edexcel, the last time you can sit the exam for first time is January 2018.

Travel and Tourism is with Cambridge and last date to sit exam for first time is may/June 2018: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and...-tourism-0471/

Business studies is with Edexcel and last date for exam is May/June 2018: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...dies-2009.html
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Any more advice about what I should do?
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