Autumn GCSE resits 2020


More than 18,000 entries for autumn’s GCSE resits have been submitted, with figures for English and maths still to come.

Both subjects are usually offered to pupils in the autumn, and so have a later submission date, meaning the total number of entries could still rise significantly.

The resits will provide an opportunity for pupils to better their grades if they were unhappy with those awarded to them in the summer after the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread disruption to exams.

Around 70% of the latest set of entries, totalling 18,450 to date, comes from pupils who are now in year 12, and who would have sat their GCSE in the summer just gone.

Those currently in year 11 make up around 19% of entries, with a further 8% coming from year 13 pupils and the rest from other year groups.

Science and languages popular

Double science tops the list with just shy of 4,000 entries with English literature and modern languages accounting for nearly 5,000 entries between them.

More than 800 entries come from pupils in year 10 or below, although more than three quarters of those are in language subjects, which regularly see a higher proportion of early entries.

These entries for GCSEs in autumn 2020 are in addition to more than 20,000 A Level entries, as pupils across England look to enhance the grades they received in the summer.

From a range of institutions and backgrounds

The entries come from a range of school settings, including non-selective state secondary schools (61%), as well as private schools (5%), selective schools (3%) and sixth form and further education colleges (3%).

All remaining entries are classified as ‘other’, which includes special schools and pupil referral unties, alongside language schools, training centres and private candidates.

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