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Is it too late to ask for gcse resit?

I want to resit my gcse science as I realised it’s actually very important for when I want to apply uni and I’m considering taking chemistry alevel which I did not get the grade for. I did email my former school literally 3 weeks ago and the person I emailed was my former gcse biology teacher she said it was fine for me to resit and gave me resources but then only last week she said I need to email my head or smth which I did but then they were ill and never got back to me I’ve finished all the content and I’m ready for bio paper 1 but now I’m getting really scared they will say no to me bc it’s late. I’m going to my former school tmr in person to ask the head since she never got back to me and yh im just scared she will say no like is it really gonna cause a lot of trouble to allow me to sit the exam this Friday. Idk if the head will blame me since I did email them a while back I’m trying to stay positive but I’m worried also give me some persuasive stuff I could say I literally have no choice I need to do this biology paper this Friday
Reply 1
Original post by sunny6789
I want to resit my gcse science as I realised it’s actually very important for when I want to apply uni and I’m considering taking chemistry alevel which I did not get the grade for. I did email my former school literally 3 weeks ago and the person I emailed was my former gcse biology teacher she said it was fine for me to resit and gave me resources but then only last week she said I need to email my head or smth which I did but then they were ill and never got back to me I’ve finished all the content and I’m ready for bio paper 1 but now I’m getting really scared they will say no to me bc it’s late. I’m going to my former school tmr in person to ask the head since she never got back to me and yh im just scared she will say no like is it really gonna cause a lot of trouble to allow me to sit the exam this Friday. Idk if the head will blame me since I did email them a while back I’m trying to stay positive but I’m worried also give me some persuasive stuff I could say I literally have no choice I need to do this biology paper this Friday

If you emailed her and she never got back to you - that's her fault. If she says it's too late and she can't do it then put pressure on her for not responding to her, saying how hard you've worked etc etc. Hope it goes well! :smile:
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Reply 2
Original post by xAspect
If you emailed her and she never got back to you - that's her fault. If she says it's too late and she can't do it then put pressure on her for not responding to her, saying how hard you've worked etc etc. Hope it goes well! :smile:

Okay, but do you believe it’s too late?
Reply 3
Original post by Sunny6789
Okay, but do you believe it’s too late?

I don't see why it would be; all they have to do is email the exam board and ask for you to do a resit.
It may well be too late. Exam boards set deadlines and they are usually a few months before the exam with another deadline for very late entries a month or two before. For the June series, AQA sets its entries deadline as 21st April and Edexcel only one day later, both of which have obviously passed. I can't say definitively if there is no way for you to sit the exam and get a qualification from it but if this is the deadline set by the exam board then there may be very little your school can do, regardless of whose fault it is.
Reply 5
Original post by melancollege
It may well be too late. Exam boards set deadlines and they are usually a few months before the exam with another deadline for very late entries a month or two before. For the June series, AQA sets its entries deadline as 21st April and Edexcel only one day later, both of which have obviously passed. I can't say definitively if there is no way for you to sit the exam and get a qualification from it but if this is the deadline set by the exam board then there may be very little your school can do, regardless of whose fault it is.

Oops, Sorry OP! I thought that because their biology teacher said it would be fine it would be okay? That does make sense though that they have deadlines for entering applicants - otherwise it would be an organisational nightmare with last-minute entries. I would suggest maybe biding your time until when they do their November series? Although that might be too late since you would've already started sixth form :frown:
Reply 6
Original post by melancollege
It may well be too late. Exam boards set deadlines and they are usually a few months before the exam with another deadline for very late entries a month or two before. For the June series, AQA sets its entries deadline as 21st April and Edexcel only one day later, both of which have obviously passed. I can't say definitively if there is no way for you to sit the exam and get a qualification from it but if this is the deadline set by the exam board then there may be very little your school can do, regardless of whose fault it is.

Would I be able to do the gcse science exam after the gcse like a private candidate? I could go to a center or maybe do it in my school idk but is that possible I just want to do this yr so next year I can reapply for yr 12 and do bio and chemistry alevel
Original post by Sunny6789
Would I be able to do the gcse science exam after the gcse like a private candidate? I could go to a center or maybe do it in my school idk but is that possible I just want to do this yr so next year I can reapply for yr 12 and do bio and chemistry alevel

There is no single rule about GCSE requirements to do any certain A-Levels - these are up to the discrepancy of the schools and colleges offering them. If you are planning on staying in the same school / college as you're currently in, your best bet is to go to the Science department and explain your predicament. You may be allowed to demonstrate that you have the prerequisite knowledge in other ways, e.g. by sitting unofficial school-set tests. Then, you may be able to join the classes in your next academic year as anyone else would, similar to how many international students who didn't do GCSEs may join a class. I would bring proof of your attempts and show your willingness to get up to scratch with everyone else.

One issue you may have is that funding is different for those sitting an additional year of A-Levels so it may be difficult to convince your school or college to let you sit an extra year. This would have been the issue regardless of whether you were able to do the GCSE exams this year or not.

Finally, you mention that you want to resit your GCSE Sciences as they're important for university. Check exactly what the requirements are as it may be possible that they can be supplanted by A-Levels, especially if they are not strictly written, as they often are with GCSE Maths and English. If they are explicitly written and permit resat exams, you can still sit the GCSE exams next year in your second Year 12. This may require a bit of extra study and making sure that you are not using A-Level knowledge for GCSE, which, although "more correct", may not get you the marks. You can have it explained in your UCAS reference that you did try to resit the exams this year but were unable to due to deadlines and miscommunication - your UCAS referee will help with this nearer the time.
Reply 8
Original post by melancollege
There is no single rule about GCSE requirements to do any certain A-Levels - these are up to the discrepancy of the schools and colleges offering them. If you are planning on staying in the same school / college as you're currently in, your best bet is to go to the Science department and explain your predicament. You may be allowed to demonstrate that you have the prerequisite knowledge in other ways, e.g. by sitting unofficial school-set tests. Then, you may be able to join the classes in your next academic year as anyone else would, similar to how many international students who didn't do GCSEs may join a class. I would bring proof of your attempts and show your willingness to get up to scratch with everyone else.
One issue you may have is that funding is different for those sitting an additional year of A-Levels so it may be difficult to convince your school or college to let you sit an extra year. This would have been the issue regardless of whether you were able to do the GCSE exams this year or not.
Finally, you mention that you want to resit your GCSE Sciences as they're important for university. Check exactly what the requirements are as it may be possible that they can be supplanted by A-Levels, especially if they are not strictly written, as they often are with GCSE Maths and English. If they are explicitly written and permit resat exams, you can still sit the GCSE exams next year in your second Year 12. This may require a bit of extra study and making sure that you are not using A-Level knowledge for GCSE, which, although "more correct", may not get you the marks. You can have it explained in your UCAS reference that you did try to resit the exams this year but were unable to due to deadlines and miscommunication - your UCAS referee will help with this nearer the time.

Thankyou so much this was helpful, the 6th form I moved was honestly a mistake I got bullied there and just the treatment was bad from teachers so I just wanted to retake the gcse then move back to my former school I could ask them to allow me to do biology and chemistry alevel despite the gcse requirement but idk how persuasive I have to be since my former school has 7-7 requirements but I got 6-6 if they allow me then I could just resit the gcse in yr 12 whilst doing the bio and chem alevel the main reason I even didn’t do well was bc a relative died so idk if I should have told them that.
Original post by Sunny6789
Thankyou so much this was helpful, the 6th form I moved was honestly a mistake I got bullied there and just the treatment was bad from teachers so I just wanted to retake the gcse then move back to my former school I could ask them to allow me to do biology and chemistry alevel despite the gcse requirement but idk how persuasive I have to be since my former school has 7-7 requirements but I got 6-6 if they allow me then I could just resit the gcse in yr 12 whilst doing the bio and chem alevel the main reason I even didn’t do well was bc a relative died so idk if I should have told them that.

If you can convince them, then you should be able to do the A-Levels, though you would have to show them that you are definitely up to it. Bereavement is an extenuating circumstance and, by trying to enter, you have shown that you were definitely trying hard to show them. I would advise to try to get above the 7-7 minimum in order to be more convincing. It may take a lot of work but the better you do, the more of a case you will have.

Also, I just noticed you put this in the Medicine forum. I don't know much about Medical school applications but I have a feeling some universities may be stricter on your having resat the GCSEs. It's likely a question that has been answered on here before but it may be worth emailing the admissions departments of your universities just to check.
Reply 10
Are you in year 12? I also wanted to resit my chemistry gcse however it’s too late now and I’m not sure if I should do it in year 13 (next year) or not .
Reply 11
Original post by Aiza.sx
Are you in year 12? I also wanted to resit my chemistry gcse however it’s too late now and I’m not sure if I should do it in year 13 (next year) or not .

Yeah I’m in year 12, why did you want to resit chemistry?
Reply 12
Original post by Sunny6789
Yeah I’m in year 12, why did you want to resit chemistry?

I wasn’t happy with my grade and I want to go to a good university and study something science or health related and I’m just worried about my chem grade, are you going to be resitting in year 13 then?
Reply 13
Original post by Aiza.sx
I wasn’t happy with my grade and I want to go to a good university and study something science or health related and I’m just worried about my chem grade, are you going to be resitting in year 13 then?

Oh okay, have you emailed your school to ask if you can still take it? idk yet bc I’m still doing the science papers I just don’t know if it’s gonna be sent to the official aqa to be marked or it will be by my teachers if it’s by my teachers then yeah I’ll do it again in yr 13
Reply 14
Original post by Sunny6789
Oh okay, have you emailed your school to ask if you can still take it? idk yet bc I’m still doing the science papers I just don’t know if it’s gonna be sent to the official aqa to be marked or it will be by my teachers if it’s by my teachers then yeah I’ll do it again in yr 13
I emailed them a week ago and they said it is late now but I’ll need to like get permission from head of year and stuff but I don’t think he will give it, especially as there is only 6 days left until chemistry paper 1.
Reply 15
Original post by Aiza.sx
I emailed them a week ago and they said it is late now but I’ll need to like get permission from head of year and stuff but I don’t think he will give it, especially as there is only 6 days left until chemistry paper 1.

True but it’s worth a shot to ask him anyways just incase or to take it in yr 13

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