Students given two final chances to resit legacy GCSEs

The TES is reporting that Ofqual has confirmed students who fail to obtain a C grade in GCSE English or maths this summer will be given two final opportunities to resit the legacy qualifications.

The final summer sitting of the exams for the current GCSEs in English, English language and maths was due to take place this year, ahead of the transition to the new, tougher qualifications – including what has been dubbed “big fat maths”. However, the exams regulator has been consulting on plans to offer extra sittings of the legacy GCSEs in November and in summer 2017. Following a public consultation, Ofqual today confirmed that exam boards will be required to offer the two final resit opportunities.

The move is particularly significant for colleges. Learners who have not achieved a good pass in either of the subjects first time around are required to retake the qualifications. This has caused significant difficulties for colleges, with many having to hire external facilities and cancel classes to cope with the rapid expansion in numbers of students taking the subjects. And experts warned that the problems would be compounded by learners having to embark on a completely new curriculum.

But following the consultation, the qualifications regulator has today confirmed that exam boards must provide two resit opportunities for legacy English, English language and maths: one in November, and another in summer 2017. If students have still not achieved a pass at this point, they will have to prepare for the reformed GCSEs instead. In addition, students taking legacy AS and A levels will have the opportunity to resit them in May or June the following year…

The full consultation outcome can be read here, and the dates for last teaching, last exams and resits in legacy GCSEs, AS and A levels have also been updated…

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Read or download the full decision from Ofqual at: Decisions_on_resits_of_legacy_subjects

 

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