Can GCSEs be sat earlier than summer?

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I am a very mature student. I am looking to do an Access course soon, but need to re-take my GCSE English as I only got a D as a teen. The Access course requirements need the GCSE at C/4 before I start but I'm keen to apply for uni in the forthcoming 2021-start cycle. The Access course is a flexible online, start anytime one, but I'm wondering if there are any options for sitting the GCSE English sooner than next summer?

I know current COVID-9 circumstances leave things a little up in the air, but that aside, can new candidates sit the exams with the Nov resits? The academic work leading to the exam isn't an issue, I have most of that in place already, but need the exam to get the grade!
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If you're over 16 then you can re-sit in November. Entry deadline is late September. (Unless they have to change things this year).
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If you're over 16 then you can re-sit in November. Entry deadline is late September. (Unless they have to change things this year).
Is that even if I originally sat it decades ago?!! I can't seem to find anywhere that provides a search option to enrol for November with any exam board.
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Any 16+ can take exams in November, regardless of whether you have ever taken it before. To enter you need to:choose a specification (Pearson Edexcel's IGCSE Eng Lang might be a good option as it doesn't involve a speaking and listening element you have to do at the centre) and then find a centre (=any secondary school or college plus a few specialist places) willing to accept you to take it. Everything is then organised through them. There is advice on the exam board websites if you search for 'private candidate'

whereabouts are you?
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Any 16+ can take exams in November, regardless of whether you have ever taken it before. To enter you need to:choose a specification (Pearson Edexcel's IGCSE Eng Lang might be a good option as it doesn't involve a speaking and listening element you have to do at the centre) and then find a centre (=any secondary school or college plus a few specialist places) willing to accept you to take it. Everything is then organised through them. There is advice on the exam board websites if you search for 'private candidate'

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I'm in Devon. I've had a look and most exam boards seem to have January 2021 exams for iGCSEs, not November.
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I'm in Devon. I've had a look and most exam boards seem to have January 2021 exams for iGCSEs, not November.
You're quite right, if you go for Pearson Edexcel IGCSE then it would be January - my lack of clarity, sorry.

For GCSE there is a Speaking and Listening endorsement (a bit like coursework) that has to be done. It doesn't affect your final grade but you get an endorsement of Pass, Distinction etc for it. You have to find a fairly helpful centre to let you do as a private candidate so IGCSE can be an easier option to arrange as you can avoid that. Entry deadline for January is 21 October at the exam board (so a bit earlier at the centre).
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