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Anyone resat GCSES

Has anyone resat all their GCSEs to get into sixth form
And do A levels and is anyone doing A levels after GCSE resit
Original post by Lauraa21
Has anyone resat all their GCSEs to get into sixth form
And do A levels and is anyone doing A levels after GCSE resit


I haven't resat GCSEs, but I know how to go about doing it privately. Also, you don't need to resit all of your GCSEs in order to go into 6th form (most colleges ask for grade 5 or 6 in 5 GCSEs, but needs to include maths and English language). If you need to resit them, you should resit them the very next academic year so you would still be able to get into 6th form by the time you're 17.

I think it's key to know which subjects that you want to do at the college and find out what the entry requirements are for those subjects (some subjects will require you to have certain grades). I would also check whether the 6th form college would accept resits.

If you can't get into 6th form for whatever reason, you will then need to decide whether you definitely need to do those specific A Levels (you will then need to do them privately) or you are willing to do alternative Level 3 qualifications that would achieve the same or similar goals (e.g. Access, BTEC, IB).

If you think my advice would be of help, let me know and include more detail of your situation.
Original post by Lauraa21
Has anyone resat all their GCSEs to get into sixth form
And do A levels and is anyone doing A levels after GCSE resit

I resat my GCSE chemistry, not to get into sixth form but to boost my grades for applying to uni. Most sixth forms accept 5s and 6s for their a level courses. I mean this in the kindest way possible, but maybe if you need to resit your GCSEs just to get into sixth form, maybe its not the thing for you. A levels are an insane step up from GCSE and if you struggled getting minimum sixth form entry requirements, A levels might be harder than you anticipate. Really sorry if that came across as rude or judgemental. And best of luck for your resits if you decide to do them,
Original post by MindMax2000
I haven't resat GCSEs, but I know how to go about doing it privately. Also, you don't need to resit all of your GCSEs in order to go into 6th form (most colleges ask for grade 5 or 6 in 5 GCSEs, but needs to include maths and English language). If you need to resit them, you should resit them the very next academic year so you would still be able to get into 6th form by the time you're 17.

I think it's key to know which subjects that you want to do at the college and find out what the entry requirements are for those subjects (some subjects will require you to have certain grades). I would also check whether the 6th form college would accept resits.

If you can't get into 6th form for whatever reason, you will then need to decide whether you definitely need to do those specific A Levels (you will then need to do them privately) or you are willing to do alternative Level 3 qualifications that would achieve the same or similar goals (e.g. Access, BTEC, IB).

If you think my advice would be of help, let me know and include more detail of your situation.

I failed them last year due to lack of revision and bad exam technique. I used to revise horribly by just marking notes and rereading which is not effective. I didn’t plan on resitting because I am doing a L2 in business which is apparently equivalent to 5 GCSEs so when I told my sixth form this they told me I need to have the real GCSEs so I am resitting only 3 subjects and so I have a limited amount of time to do this and my grades last year were not great. Any advice on how I can boost my grades quickly with only 3 months left till my first exam. For sciences I got 3s for maths I got 3s and for history I got 2 and for English language and literature I got 4s
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Original post by gal_14axy
I resat my GCSE chemistry, not to get into sixth form but to boost my grades for applying to uni. Most sixth forms accept 5s and 6s for their a level courses. I mean this in the kindest way possible, but maybe if you need to resit your GCSEs just to get into sixth form, maybe its not the thing for you. A levels are an insane step up from GCSE and if you struggled getting minimum sixth form entry requirements, A levels might be harder than you anticipate. Really sorry if that came across as rude or judgemental. And best of luck for your resits if you decide to do them,

I am just planning on doing 1 A level and 2 BTECS. I know I am capable of doing it it’s just that for my GCSEs I revise really late and had to cram and even for some exam I didn’t revise so my grade were bad. I know if I start revising early with the right technique I can get good grades like using active recall, flashcards and spaced repetition
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Original post by Lauraa21
I am just planning on doing 1 A level and 2 BTECS. I know I am capable of doing it it’s just that for my GCSEs I revise really late and had to cram and even for some exam I didn’t revise so my grade were bad. I know if I start revising early with the right technique I can get good grades like using active recall, flashcards and spaced repetition

Ah ok, good that you've found what revision techniques work best for you now, unfortunately i'm still trying to figure out what works for me and my a levels are in 5 months, so not in the best place lol. Are you planning on resitting this summer? If so, you'll have your results way before you start sixth form. I would deffo recommend a levels though, really goodposition to be in as it gives you the chance to go to uni, or get apprenticeships etc.
Original post by gal_14axy
Ah ok, good that you've found what revision techniques work best for you now, unfortunately i'm still trying to figure out what works for me and my a levels are in 5 months, so not in the best place lol. Are you planning on resitting this summer? If so, you'll have your results way before you start sixth form. I would deffo recommend a levels though, really goodposition to be in as it gives you the chance to go to uni, or get apprenticeships etc.

Yes I am planning on resitting this summer. I was my original plan my original plan was to get the GCSEs equivalent and go to sixth form but they did accept that so I have to get the real GCSE now. So I brought the CGP and Collins books and workbooks for the exams. I only have 3 months which is a very limited time I would probably basically have to cram for some exam but if that cramming is effective then hopefully I will pass. I want at least 5s which gives me a better chance of getting accepted. Will 3 months be enough to revise for science maths and history. Did you do GCSEs? What grades did you get?
Let me just say that resitting exams does not make you stupid and don’t let society make you feel like you are cause they are so wrong. It just goes to show you’re not a quitter and you are dedicated to making it work. Just work hard the next time or however how many times you resit.
Original post by Riotriot
Let me just say that resitting exams does not make you stupid and don’t let society make you feel like you are cause they are so wrong. It just goes to show you’re not a quitter and you are dedicated to making it work. Just work hard the next time or however how many times you resit.


Thank you sometimes I think if I just revised for my GCSEs then I would have passed but it taught me a lesson that I have to revise in order to pass any exams. did you do GCSEs?
Original post by Lauraa21
Thank you sometimes I think if I just revised for my GCSEs then I would have passed but it taught me a lesson that I have to revise in order to pass any exams. did you do GCSEs?

Just take that as a lesson and try again. Never feel ashamed about it. I did do my GCSES and let’s just say I could’ve done a lot better but I forgave myself for not trying at the time. It’s not the end of the world cause you can resit so I just thought of just saying to not worry. Cause I know how it feels for people to tell you you’re stupid for resitting
Original post by Riotriot
Just take that as a lesson and try again. Never feel ashamed about it. I did do my GCSES and let’s just say I could’ve done a lot better but I forgave myself for not trying at the time. It’s not the end of the world cause you can resit so I just thought of just saying to not worry. Cause I know how it feels for people to tell you you’re stupid for resitting

Thank you i don’t plan on resitting but I my sixth form didn’t accept my equivalents so I have to I only 3 months left so hopefully I can pull through and get the grades I want theses so much content to learn in 3 months I doing science maths and history btw
Original post by Lauraa21
I failed them last year due to lack of revision and bad exam technique. I used to revise horribly by just marking notes and rereading which is not effective. I didn’t plan on resitting because I am doing a L2 in business which is apparently equivalent to 5 GCSEs so when I told my sixth form this they told me I need to have the real GCSEs so I am resitting only 3 subjects and so I have a limited amount of time to do this and my grades last year were not great. Any advice on how I can boost my grades quickly with only 3 months left till my first exam. For sciences I got 3s for maths I got 3s and for history I got 2 and for English language and literature I got 4s


I don't know the specifics about where you are going wrong with English Language and Literature (not that I'm that brilliant in the subejct), and history is kind of out of my scope of competence (even though I read about it often). See the links below for further resources.

With maths and sciences, the best recommendation I have is to do as many past papers as you can. The questions you will get are often short and don't require long essays, but you will need an analytical mind and be able to regurgitate information.
Maths is about knowing what to use, when to use it, and how to use it. A lot of the questions that you get involve application of the material as opposed to just remembering the formula. You will need to know what the numbers mean and what the reasoning is.
Science is mostly about facts, and applying what you know to situations. Most of this is rote memorisation.

I recommend searching for YouTube videos on tips on how to score high marks in science, maths, history, English Language, and English Lit e.g.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJEkjuN9qJ4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Pa9hYX7rg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8yC4bBYyos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XltbvQdNUuQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb8ZyXl_nps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL7u7vZ4mnM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWX900ZrwwU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3b5-TaYpIw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZMx_jDlBSc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1wur510e9M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFAEGlC5rHQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTzgTZruOAs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIGsgnI1IBA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUtIxKEEvns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amefrvEj464
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hA4IpyjESw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZTkkKMYSRY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVfU38yYNeM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEKC9pvrv_c (watch this one in particular)
You will need to search on YouTube for the others. I would prioritise getting the grades for English Language and Maths, as previously mentioned.

As you don't have a lot of time, I suggest you do an intensive revision schedule and focus on past papers, making exam technique and remembering important topics a priority.
Original post by MindMax2000
I don't know the specifics about where you are going wrong with English Language and Literature (not that I'm that brilliant in the subejct), and history is kind of out of my scope of competence (even though I read about it often). See the links below for further resources.

With maths and sciences, the best recommendation I have is to do as many past papers as you can. The questions you will get are often short and don't require long essays, but you will need an analytical mind and be able to regurgitate information.
Maths is about knowing what to use, when to use it, and how to use it. A lot of the questions that you get involve application of the material as opposed to just remembering the formula. You will need to know what the numbers mean and what the reasoning is.
Science is mostly about facts, and applying what you know to situations. Most of this is rote memorisation.

I recommend searching for YouTube videos on tips on how to score high marks in science, maths, history, English Language, and English Lit e.g.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJEkjuN9qJ4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Pa9hYX7rg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8yC4bBYyos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XltbvQdNUuQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb8ZyXl_nps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL7u7vZ4mnM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWX900ZrwwU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3b5-TaYpIw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZMx_jDlBSc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1wur510e9M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFAEGlC5rHQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTzgTZruOAs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIGsgnI1IBA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUtIxKEEvns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amefrvEj464
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hA4IpyjESw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZTkkKMYSRY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVfU38yYNeM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEKC9pvrv_c (watch this one in particular)
You will need to search on YouTube for the others. I would prioritise getting the grades for English Language and Maths, as previously mentioned.

As you don't have a lot of time, I suggest you do an intensive revision schedule and focus on past papers, making exam technique and remembering important topics a priority.

Since I don’t have much time I’m think of just doing flash card to learn the topics and then past papers or should I learn the topics through the CGP books and then do flash cards and past papers
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Original post by Lauraa21
Since I don’t have much time I’m think of just doing flash card to learn the topics and then past papers or should I learn the topics through the CGP books and then do flash cards and past papers


Flash cards in my opinion are great if you know all the specific material and all you need is something to jog your memory. They tend to be great for biology, history, and English Lit quotes. For things like chemistry, physics, and maths, you generally need to understand the material as opposed to just rote memorisation.

I personally would use the CGP since they have more indepth notes. If you understand the material, the books will be fine. If you want to remember specific information, flash cards tend to be better.

I also don't know how you prefer to learn, so I could be comepletely wrong. Do what you think works for you better.

Whichever method you use, stick to it and stick to past papers. Inconsistency will probably work against you more than using the inferior method.
Original post by Lauraa21
Has anyone resat all their GCSEs to get into sixth form
And do A levels and is anyone doing A levels after GCSE resit

Heya!
If you want to resit ALL GCSEs, it might be better to take a gap year and focus on them before a-levels/btec, nothing wrong with that :h: Typically people just resit 1 or 2 GCSEs while doing a-levels. Most unis just need maths and english GCSEs so you don't need to resit everything.

I hope this helps!
Milena
UCL PFE
Study Mind
Original post by Lauraa21
Yes I am planning on resitting this summer. I was my original plan my original plan was to get the GCSEs equivalent and go to sixth form but they did accept that so I have to get the real GCSE now. So I brought the CGP and Collins books and workbooks for the exams. I only have 3 months which is a very limited time I would probably basically have to cram for some exam but if that cramming is effective then hopefully I will pass. I want at least 5s which gives me a better chance of getting accepted. Will 3 months be enough to revise for science maths and history. Did you do GCSEs? What grades did you get?

yeah i mean everybody is different so the times you'll need will be different to mine. Yes i did GCSEs. 9999887776. For maths/science , it's always come much more naturally to me than any essay subjects. Stuff like english I was always awful at so I spent much more time revising that. I probs started english revision a month-2 months before the exam. For maths, I'll be honest I didn't actually revise till the morning of the exam, but I made sure I was doing my homeworks and paying attention in the lessons, so that was happening for 2 years straight anyways. With science, biology i had the same idea as maths. for chemistry and physics i really struggled, probs spent around 3 months revising. Bear in mind, when I was preparing for my GCSEs, I was in full time study in year 10 and 11. When preparing for my chemistry resit, I started revising about 3 months in advance, whilst starting my a levels alongside it. So deffo possible. CGP is very good for exam technique. Also honestly Youtube will be your biggest help. its got so many useful videos on there! If you need any other recommendations for specific subjects. just message me, because I might forget to look back at this thread :smile:

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