For most UK universities, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above is a mandatory requirement. Students should have attained this standard before beginning A Levels.

Those needing to retake GCSE subjects must decide how soon they want to re-sit their exams. This will depend on various factors, such as knowledge and aptitude in the subject, amount of preparation required, other work priorities, and the availability of winter exam sittings. GCSE coursework is also a factor, as this may be carried forward or resubmitted, but is not transferable to a different examining board.


We are happy to offer advice about GCSE preparation and retake strategies, either by telephone, email or at interview. In most cases one or two subjects may be taken early in November, the remainder being taken over a full academic year. Where only one or two subjects need to be retaken to satisfy university requirements, it is normally possible to begin A Levels and retake GCSE subjects alongside these.

The standard structure for a GCSE retake course is four hours per week of small-group lessons, or two hours of individual tutorials per week in each subject. However, a different number of hours can be provided as appropriate.