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Hello; so I did well in eng Lang and eng lit, I achieved a 5 which is okay, and a 4 in maths, I achieved 3’s in other subjects. (A remark would not solve my issue) I am now in dire need to resit my GCSEs, this is a very embarrassing topic.

I went to a college to resit GCSEs and I was told I didn’t have the requirements? Which is odd since I didn’t know you needed entry requirements for a GCSE resit. Furthermore due to my medical issue (which I have obtained a doctors note for) My attendance is is quite low so that’s a key factor.

Regardless my question right now is am I able to apply as a private candidate to edexcel or an exam board? I’m not entirely sure what a private candidate is, however I’d just like to apply to do 2-4 GCSEs resit this summer and instead of going to a school/college (since it’s proving difficult) I simply buy the books need and focus very hard on my studies. If that is an option I’d happily take that and I’m confident I’ll be able to achieve a higher mark.

Please give me your suggestions and let me know if what I’m saying exists and is possible. I know some companies do this but they cost thousands, and I’d hate to put my family through that..

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A private candidate is someone who sits exams at a school or college but is not a student there. You'd need to get into contact with nearby schools and colleges to see if they would accept you as a private candidate. You wouldn't be enrolled there, you'd just turn up to sit the exams and collect your results.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/student-and-p...ate-candidates
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get a job and resit again if you have to, or do a btec , or one of the other million HE education courses
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Hello; so I did well in eng Lang and eng lit, I achieved a 5 which is okay, and a 4 in maths, I achieved 3’s in other subjects. (A remark would not solve my issue) I am now in dire need to resit my GCSEs, this is a very embarrassing topic.

I went to a college to resit GCSEs and I was told I didn’t have the requirements? Which is odd since I didn’t know you needed entry requirements for a GCSE resit. Furthermore due to my medical issue (which I have obtained a doctors note for) My attendance is is quite low so that’s a key factor.

Regardless my question right now is am I able to apply as a private candidate to edexcel or an exam board? I’m not entirely sure what a private candidate is, however I’d just like to apply to do 2-4 GCSEs resit this summer and instead of going to a school/college (since it’s proving difficult) I simply buy the books need and focus very hard on my studies. If that is an option I’d happily take that and I’m confident I’ll be able to achieve a higher mark.

Please give me your suggestions and let me know if what I’m saying exists and is possible. I know some companies do this but they cost thousands, and I’d hate to put my family through that.

find a private ucas center in your area, call them up, might be pricey...
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Hi, I did my GCSEs this year (2019) and I did 5 GCSEs. I failed maths and English lit and lang, I got a 4’3 in science, 6 in religious studies and 4 in art. I wanted to do science A levels at college but I couldn’t because of my grades. I went college and started doing the course Health and Social Care but I didn’t like the college and I wasn’t happy. So now I’m resisting my GCSEs at home. I’m going to be doing higher maths, triple science, English literature, English language, RE. (I’ve already passed art) Im not sure but I’ve heard you have to pay for each paper. For example English language aqa has paper 1 and paper 2 I’ve heard that you have to pay for each paper if I’m incorrect can someone please correct me. So in science we have 6 papers in total and apparently I have to pay individually for each paper. And each paper is like £85 so it’s very expensive. In RE there are 2 papers, maths 3 papers, science 6 papers (bio paper 1 and 2 chem paper 1 and 2 phy paper 1 and 2) English language 2 papers, English literature 2 papers. So in total I’m doing 15 papers with each costing £85 the total adds up to £1275. But different schools and colleges have different prices
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So now I’m resisting my GCSEs at home. I’m going to be doing higher maths, triple science, English literature, English language, RE. (I’ve already passed art) Im not sure but I’ve heard you have to pay for each paper. For example English language aqa has paper 1 and paper 2 I’ve heard that you have to pay for each paper if I’m incorrect can someone please correct me. So in science we have 6 papers in total and apparently I have to pay individually for each paper. And each paper is like £85 so it’s very expensive. In RE there are 2 papers, maths 3 papers, science 6 papers (bio paper 1 and 2 chem paper 1 and 2 phy paper 1 and 2) English language 2 papers, English literature 2 papers. So in total I’m doing 15 papers with each costing £85 the total adds up to £1275. But different schools and colleges have different prices
The exam board charges per subject (generally £40-£50 per GCSE). The exam centre will then pass on that cost and then add on their own charge for their admin, invigilation etc - the total cost per subject can be anything from £50-£200. (More if you need any access arrangements.) How they charge you is up to them - it seems daft to charge per paper when you have to do all the papers for a subject but that's what some places do. The cheapest place is likely to be where you originally took your GCSEs as they will already have your verified details and have candidates taking those same specifications so ask there first though they may not have you back.
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I’m going to be doing higher maths, triple science,
Did you take triple Science before? When centres make entries for Sciences they have to submit a form certifying that all the candidates have undertaken the practicals. This means many centres refuse to accept private candidates for GCSE Science unless they are re-sitting. I suggest you try to make sure you have a feasible way forward before you get too close to the entry deadline. IGCSE may be an alternative option..
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Thank you for your reply, no I didn’t do triple science I did combined and I also did foundation maths for GCSEs. So exam centres won’t let me take triple science? Or higher maths?
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Thank you for your reply, no I didn’t do triple science I did combined and I also did foundation maths for GCSEs. So exam centres won’t let me take triple science? Or higher maths?
There's no problem with Higher Maths - as a private candidate you can choose your tier. The problem is just with Sciences as the centre has to sign a declaration saying you've been given every chance to take the required practicals. If you re-sit Combined Science then you should be Ok as the entering centre can take the previous entry as proof but (I assume) there are extra practicals for separate Sciences that you won't have done. Why not stick to Cmbined? There is never a requirement to do triple and it sounds as though you have enough to take already.
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There's no problem with Higher Maths - as a private candidate you can choose your tier. The problem is just with Sciences as the centre has to sign a declaration saying you've been given every chance to take the required practicals. If you re-sit Combined Science then you should be Ok as the entering centre can take the previous entry as proof but (I assume) there are extra practicals for separate Sciences that you won't have done. Why not stick to Cmbined? There is never a requirement to do triple and it sounds as though you have enough to take already.
I want to study science probably physics or maybe medicine at uni so I was thinking maybe doing triple science will look better on my grade sheet? Can I still study that at uni with combined science?
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I want to study science probably physics or maybe medicine at uni so I was thinking maybe doing triple science will look better on my grade sheet? Can I still study that at uni with combined science?
Yes. You can till do Science A levels with Combined Science GCSEs and A levels are what matters for university entrance.
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Yes. You can till do Science A levels with Combined Science GCSEs and A levels are what matters for university entrance.
Thank you so much, I am finding it very difficult to find an exam centre where I can sit my GCSEs, do you know any places in Leeds that accept external candidates?
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Thank you so much, I am finding it very difficult to find an exam centre where I can sit my GCSEs, do you know any places in Leeds that accept external candidates?
I don't. try looking on AQA and Edexcel's websites for advice. (Even if you aren't taking exams with them - centers that accept candidates for AQA or EDexcel exams in England will also accept them for the other English boards, i.e. AQA, Edexcel and OCR.
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I don't. try looking on AQA and Edexcel's websites for advice. (Even if you aren't taking exams with them - centers that accept candidates for AQA or EDexcel exams in England will also accept them for the other English boards, i.e. AQA, Edexcel and OCR.
Thank you very much for your help, I will definitely have a look
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There are free access maps available for all past schools UK that each help external students locate examiners in their area of choice. Such maps when zooming into their borough, some would say Edexell, OCR and AQA on the cloud tutor websites, but usually the independent schools in your area provide external exams for GCSE and A'level to all of them with exceptions to all English and some Sciences and Languages that are only available at controlled centre's or specialized external or private specialist schools. (Note that AS levels if preferred to take first, will not allow A2 exams same year) for exam settings. However, to find whether the local secondary or independent schools can help you with alternative subjects without using the ''Exam centre maps' (found up on the home cloud tutor websites), you can simply navigate directly to local or next larger borough schools website/exams pages. This will allow you to see whether the next borough larger secondary or larger independent school or girls school contains an external student page within their website. It also allows you to see whether the school website exam page provides such service, such page would exist on their exam website page if service is offered. Just one way of looking, as for most girls schools and some independent schools they would also have guide page in the exam content website page to GCSE's as external student. They have pages also for AS and A' level etc. The subjects are found on the downloads offered within the same pages. For anyone that navigates they can just click on the one that applies to their level when found. This would not be an examination centre for any English and Science papers, as these papers are moderated or practical and have to be booked elsewhere as a whole package of exams, within a specialized subjects examination centre or a private college and while most private open schools offer these subjects to paying students as external students it is important to note, they can be more expensive as exam entry costs per exam. In comparison they can also vary in price usually depending on whether they are starting up college or established high grade performing college. Though in general, I wouldn't compare costs for the other subjects to English and Science as secondary schools appear to be the cheaper centre's for all other subjects and independent and academy secondary schools. The process of booking exams becomes easier in result to include payment method and costs. Sat papers cost around 50-80 pound per paper etc in South East UK for example for papers that are not moderated for marking such as English. Or for subjects that are do not require a practical exam as part of the full qualification are found this way. All other subjects from exam boards are found locally in secondary in selected independent schools with some offering more than others. Though many schools and colleges would not offer this externally, the local secondary independent school and academy websites provide an insight to whether they can provide external students links within their website exam pages.
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If you are not prepared to do a home course or pay the access for coursework at a private college you have two choices. One is not wait to be a private candidate to those subjects and spend the year doing either Business, Economics, Law or other subjects (excluding maths, English science) at a secondary school as an external candidate- (you will see this on limited secondary academy exam websites for limited schools in your area) Here on the cost will stay £50-£80 for some less than £50 per paper and you can call their exam offices and ask them for costs to the ie) OCR law exam edexcel Economics exam / history etc. They will make it easy by agreeing the paper can be taken and say no moderated exams, assignments or coursework would conflict the charges unlike English or science/maths would by proposing your chosen subjects based on pass rates to the college this month to get an understanding how you can take English next year or maths or science again based on high grades on other subjects. Here on use these exams at least 3 to get back into college the following year. Some secondary academic schools even mosques, allow any examination board for the above subjects and others allow 2 papers of the 3 for English if you submit and carry forward paper 3 that you can't repeat as an external student so you can always ask about this to the exam office of the academy schools you find that do external examiner papers for GCSE. Meaning you can't retake from scratch English at a secondary academic school but the costs are being reduced significantly for entry back to college. This principal retains that local college is the best way to progress long term. The best way to retake the English, Maths or sciences and languages is your local college or sixth form year 2, The other routes are expensive due to course work, unit assessment and complex deciding what level you are at 6 months in etc. On line is expensive and for some this works but local college is far better as resources and exams are all free for under 19's. The last options you have is paying solely for exams at a private centre, but again this may affect your end rate and force you to retake again anyway or even stay private for 2 years. ie) sciences requires practicals and 2x marking moderated papers, English requires you to call up the examining board and ask if you can carry forward the moderated paper to enable you to sit as an external, this is all delaying your study time. To be a private candidate you can speak with your council education department or look on their website and see what to do, but it may be quicker to look at websites as an external candidate- this way along with picking subjects quicker- and achieve more pass grades on subjects becomes easier exam practice. As mentioned when such academy or secondary is found and when prior to paying external exams, you can have a discussion with your A'level coordinator this month at your college based on taking new exams and to determine entry based on those pass GCSE's with English you already have. All colleges offer GCSE English and Maths part time for subjects you haven't passed grade C. The sciences if you can carry over 1 or 2 papers to improve or start from scratch would involve costs at private college for exams only. On it's own could be a 2nd option, if science was sought. But some private colleges are reluctant to propose private tuition if not joining a class, as some rates are £30p/h- approx for those weekly or fortnightly lessons that guarantee the coursework elements or practical and moderated exams, so it would be up to you to negotiate a tutor package. Such exam only packages for English Science or Maths can be £400 on top at a private colleges but extra is chargeable, late payments etc and tutor is needed also to guide etc. for moderated (4th elements to some exams) so you will start by ringing up the examination ie) for edexcel and asking this and I would always advice students to use college the 2nd year and combine with new external achieved exams to save money. Checklist; if favoring this way forward would be to compile a list of all secondary schools that have external exams page on their website, once you have a list of other exams you can take, take that back to local college and see what they can do for you following academic year in September 2020 and here you won't spend hundreds and have only spend £100 or so per other gcse. On-line charity GCSE courses is a 2nd option but will cost you thousands to do 3 gcse's. Where perhaps costs of under £1000 for 1 gcse say in maths or English and certainly £1000 for science to include all exams and assignments/coursework etc. Where all extras's make you book your own exams but paying them upfront, also and some limit exam centre's to Cambridge, London and one other centre closer within the country and leave you with responsibility to find an examination centre yourself, which is more stressful unless they have a quality list to begin with. The most economical plan taking edexcel or OCR subjects in business, law economics or politics etc. and using these towards a HND or A'level plan, leaving a retake of Maths need etc. which could be considered this year by the college for next year when you go to speak to them. You propose to them your plan of acquiring more GCSE in this lead up back to college, by asking them if it is enough to get their help on the other GCSE you seek help with year 2. Try calling large intake schools in the next borough and secondly you can try borough schools, asking each school exam office if they know of a school etc. and check as many secondary school websites looking for external student pages in their website. To make this plan work and ultimately save £1000's, even more so for under 19's who can compromise a college free entry year 2 if they cannot get into college year 1 after becoming a school leaver etc.
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If etc.
I appreciate the time you spent on this but the lack of paragraphs make it almost impossible to make sense of. Plus some of it is out of date and now wrong but I'm afraid I can't face picking through it all.
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For many students who cannot attend college this year you will find the first three sentences clear, as a an additional option the first three sentence above can most certainly save the funding process.

Where you yourself specify the costs are 1000's for several subjects- the compromise would be either a) pay the home on line cost for science or Maths and just take external exams for ie) humanity subject excluding English as an external subject. Or b) Focus on external candidate plan for multiple humanity subjects, had explained such pass grades to these exams would help qualify college acceptance following year for GCSE Science, Maths, AS levels, intensive levels or even HND if you hold 1 level 3 by next year.
You can increase college acceptance to Science for Sept 2020 if you mention your payment of external exams 2019 even without level 3 in another subject, to mention your study plan to Maths is your choice. c) You can actually enroll now to college now for Maths GCSE as one option, where all moderated exams are done for free at the college for both English and Maths any age. By slitting up your program also to avoid any costs.

For Maths; Here, I had failed to mention such coursework can be done in class on attendance days that you are free ie) once a week 3hrs on Saturday or evening.
Whereas if finance is not the issue then any home learning on-line GCSE would cost around £700 per GCSE program to include exams. But this would cost thousands as the moderated exams are required. But you could be an external student for most of your exams, and the finding of Academy schools for external exams is not out of date procedure at all.

But had mentioned how to avoid these costs if and only if you attend a college next year or be willing to pay privately as 3rd and last option. I do not see anything out of date with suggesting to stay as an external candidate and focus on humanity subject excluding English,

Your own discussions for GCSE as expectation to a college was mentioned for advice hereafter, as based on 5 GCSE passes etc, will cost under £600 (£100 per subject)as private candidate. and even an AS 'level can be achieved as a private candidate to help you get free help when your ready to attend college in Thsi same price guide at £100 per subject for full range exams being free registration at the larger schools who advertise external exams within their exam pages.
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Hello; so I did well in eng Lang and eng lit, I achieved a 5 which is okay, and a 4 in maths, I achieved 3’s in other subjects. (A remark would not solve my issue) I am now in dire need to resit my GCSEs, this is a very embarrassing topic.

I went to a college to resit GCSEs and I was told I didn’t have the requirements? Which is odd since I didn’t know you needed entry requirements for a GCSE resit. Furthermore due to my medical issue (which I have obtained a doctors note for) My attendance is is quite low so that’s a key factor.

Regardless my question right now is am I able to apply as a private candidate to edexcel or an exam board? I’m not entirely sure what a private candidate is, however I’d just like to apply to do 2-4 GCSEs resit this summer and instead of going to a school/college (since it’s proving difficult) I simply buy the books need and focus very hard on my studies. If that is an option I’d happily take that and I’m confident I’ll be able to achieve a higher mark.

Please give me your suggestions and let me know if what I’m saying exists and is possible. I know some companies do this but they cost thousands, and I’d hate to put my family through that..

Thank you
I am going to be resitting 3 of my alevel exams too. There’s is nothing to be embarrassed about wanting to get higher grades . I am going to sit for my exams as a private candidate too. I just contacted the British Council and filled up the examination forms as a private candidate there. They will find me a centre after I pay for my exams and I will be able to resit on May, till then I’m going to be studying and working. How about you do the same? Try contacting the British council and see what they have to say. Or you can try contacting your school teachers and ask them if they can provide you better suggestions about this topic? I hope you find a easy and a cheap way to resit your exams. All the best!! I pray that you get good grades!
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