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If I am needing to resit my GCSE science prior to applying for my PGCE can it be a single GCSE such as Biology or would it have to be a double award which covers all three areas? UCAS says a science but every other website just says science. I don't want to be paying for it and then find out I am taking the wrong one!
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(Original post by kayleighisonfire)
If I am needing to resit my GCSE science prior to applying for my PGCE can it be a single GCSE such as Biology or would it have to be a double award which covers all three areas? UCAS says a science but every other website just says science. I don't want to be paying for it and then find out I am taking the wrong one!
You could contact unis that you would be interested in applying to. I would expect most to want double award as obviously as a primary teacher you'd be expected to teach all three sciences. Even if it's not essential, it would probably make you a better applicant for the PGCE and other jobs.

Is there a particular reason you don't want to do double science?
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You could contact unis that you would be interested in applying to. I would expect most to want double award as obviously as a primary teacher you'd be expected to teach all three sciences. Even if it's not essential, it would probably make you a better applicant for the PGCE and other jobs.

Is there a particular reason you don't want to do double science?
Thank you, I will do that asap. Mainly the time constraints (I realistically need to pass by November) and the cost too. My local college charges £800 and as someone who is currently unemployed (but looking for a job) it's not feasible whereas a single GCSE is around £300 and I could self teach for the November exam
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Have you looked into adult learning? I did my gcse maths for free this year and English and science is free too. With primary teaching you can still apply and have science as pending as far as I know it’s the only GCSE you can have as pending.
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I checked with the university that I want to apply to. They were fine with just one science. So, I would recommend checking where you want to apply to.
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Thank you, I will do that asap. Mainly the time constraints (I realistically need to pass by November) and the cost too. My local college charges £800 and as someone who is currently unemployed (but looking for a job) it's not feasible whereas a single GCSE is around £300 and I could self teach for the November exam

I might be wrong but I don't think there are November exams for subjects other than English and maths anymore. However, you could still apply for a PGCE next year and list your science result as pending- if you were given an offer it would be conditional on you passing your Science GCSE in the summer.

I agree the difference in cost is a lot.
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(Original post by kayleighisonfire)
If I am needing to resit my GCSE science prior to applying for my PGCE can it be a single GCSE such as Biology or would it have to be a double award which covers all three areas? UCAS says a science but every other website just says science. I don't want to be paying for it and then find out I am taking the wrong one!
You might be able to do an equivalency exam instead? I know some providers let you sit an exam to prove you're at a GCSE C grade level rather than having to resit the GCSE.
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(Original post by Claudette)
Have you looked into adult learning? I did my gcse maths for free this year and English and science is free too. With primary teaching you can still apply and have science as pending as far as I know it’s the only GCSE you can have as pending.
I have not looked into adult learning yet. I know you can get maths and English for free but there's usually a charge for science. Not all schemes accept that, one that I am considering applying for requires all GCSE's prior to applying!


(Original post by SarcAndSpark)
I might be wrong but I don't think there are November exams for subjects other than English and maths anymore. However, you could still apply for a PGCE next year and list your science result as pending- if you were given an offer it would be conditional on you passing your Science GCSE in the summer.

I agree the difference in cost is a lot.

There's a small number of online GCSE's that still have a October/November and January exams luckily! That would be good but if I am applying for one of the SCITT schemes they require all GCSE's prior to submitting my application whereas others are more lenient so it depends if I am dead set on applying for it.

Luckily ICS Learn do the double science for £285 which is not a bad price and January exams too

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I checked with the university that I want to apply to. They were fine with just one science. So, I would recommend checking where you want to apply to.
Thank you, I am considering doing GCSE Biology in the October and then doing double science in the January just so I have double the chance of passing!


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You might be able to do an equivalency exam instead? I know some providers let you sit an exam to prove you're at a GCSE C grade level rather than having to resit the GCSE.
I have looked into it but one of the schools does not allow equivalencies sadly as that was my original plan.
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(Original post by kayleighisonfire)

Thank you, I am considering doing GCSE Biology in the October and then doing double science in the January just so I have double the chance of passing!
Best of luck with your exams
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Best of luck with your exams
Thank you!
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I know this was a week ago but I just wanted to add - I am starting my PGCE in Biology however at the school, and all other science PGCEs I have spoken to- we are all expected to teach all 3 sciences. We all have our specialisms but are 'science' teachers. Therefore if you can I would highly recommend doing all three. It will make your life so much easier and will look good on your PGCE application. Im currently teaching myself extra physics and chemistry before I start in September. Good Luck!
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(Original post by S1elyak1)
If I am needing to resit my GCSE science prior to applying for my PGCE can it be a single GCSE such as Biology or would it have to be a double award which covers all three areas? UCAS says a science but every other website just says science. I don't want to be paying for it and then find out I am taking the wrong one!
You should be fine with a single science of whatever species including Biology but it's prudent to check the entry requirements of the training provider/s you intend to use :-)
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You should be fine with a single science of whatever species including Biology but it's prudent to check the entry requirements of the training provider/s you intend to use :-)
17 months later I would hope the Original Poster has got the advice they needed.

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