GCSE Retakes

GCSE RetakesFor most universities, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade 'C' or above is a mandatory requirement and students should have attained at least this standard before beginning A-levels. For those who need to spend a further period of time retaking GCSE subjects, a decision needs to be made as to how quickly to retake, which will depend on knowledge and aptitude in the subject, the amount of preparation work required, other work priorities and the availability of winter exam sittings. GCSE coursework is also a factor, as this may be carried forward or re-submitted, but is not transferable to a different examining board.

One Year GCSE Programme

For students who are seeking to improve their overall academic profile to enable them to progress onto further academic studies, a one year retake programme is offered enabling students to achieve up to seven GCSE awards.

The core curriculum comprises Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and Double Award Science. Students may also choose a further two optional subjects from:

  • Art & Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (French, Spanish, Italian, German and Latin)
  • Science (Triple Award)
  • Or BTEC Level 2 Business (equivalent to 2 GCSEs)

Within a stimulating weekly programme (PSHE), students also develop and extend their creative skills through our Extra Curricular Programme with trips, sport and cultural events. There is also a vibrant social programme making extensive use of the many facilities within the city and university of Oxford.

Sample GCSE Retake Timetable

The timetable varies according to subject. Additional subjects are available.


  9am 10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm
Monday Maths English Science Lunch Science Option 1 Option 2 PSHE  
Tuesday Maths English Science Lunch Science Option 1 Option 2 Sport Sport
Wednesday Maths English Science Lunch Science Activity Activity Activity Activity
Thursday Maths English Supervised Study Lunch English Option 1 Option 2 Art  
Friday Maths English Supervised Study Lunch Option 1 Option 1 Option 2 Option 2  

Bespoke GCSE Programmes

For students who only need to retake a few GCSEs, most commonly in Maths, Science or English, a tailored programme can be arranged allowing students to retake either in November or June, either alongside or prior to A-level studies.

Oxford Tutorial College can provide bespoke courses of individual tuition in such instances in up to seven subjects. From a pastoral perspective it is usually helpful for a student to be assimilated into existing classes in some subjects, with additional teaching provided on an individual basis to ‘catch up’, but entirely individually-tailored courses are also an option.