GCSE outcomes day 2019 – right here's what to do if you happen to fail English or maths

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As of 2016, the Government has required that all students who fail to secure at least a grade 4 in GCSE English and maths will have to resit the qualification.

If you achieved a grade 1, 2 or 3, then do not panic as you will have the chance to retake the exams – whether you want to or not.

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When do I resit the exams?

The resits are generally taken at the same time as usual GCSEs around June, meaning students will have to deal with revising to retake their exams on top of their other workload.

GCSE results day 2019: here's what to do if you fail English or maths

It does mean students have plenty of time to prepare for the exam. Students can also choose to resit their exams in November if they are feeling confident they will pass.

Why do I have to resit the exams?

Essentially, it was introduced by the Government to ensure young people had sufficient numeracy and literacy skills for future employment.

Ministers also made it a condition of further education college funding that students who did not manage a grade C or 4 should have to resit the exams.

The move has proved contentious, with FE college leaders calling for a review of the policy as three-quarters of students who did not pass their GCSEs in the two subjects, failed to do so by age 19.

What if I fail again?

Unfortunately, if a student fails a second time, they will have to resit the exam again. Students who managed to gain a grade 3 or D grade will be expected to resit the GCSE.

Those who managed a 1 or 2 grade, may be advised to be put forward for a “stepping stone” subject, such as the functional skills qualification.

What help can I get?

Students should be fully informed by their colleges as to what they need to do and will be taught the GCSE curriculum in a classroom setting just as they did in school.

It will be challenging for students as official figures show that 74 per cent of people who did not pass their English or maths GCSE resit, will not pass the exams at all by the time they are 19.