Considering a change in career is a decision that needs careful thought. There are a host of reasons why we might want to explore new paths, from a better salary to wanting to make a difference in the world. Regardless of the reason, taking or resitting GCSE courses can be both rewarding and open up opportunities that may have felt lost once upon a time, including university. And with online learning, you can fit studying your GCSE retakes around commitments such as childcare or an existing job.

Choosing GCSEs as an adult

There are several questions to ask yourself when choosing your GCSEs as an adult. Do you need them for a particular job? Or is it for your own personal interest or development? Depending on your answers, you can take individual GCSEs that will enable you to reach your goals.

You might also take GCSEs to get onto further courses required for a career in a niche industry. For example, you might be exploring a career in sustainability, which will require qualifications in topics such as biology and geography. GCSE retakes, in short, are the first step towards achieving specific qualifications or accreditations.

GCSE grade boundaries explained

The GCSE grading system in England changed from grades being awarded A to E to a numerical system in 2014. Now, grades are awarded a numerical value, with 9 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. It is important to note that the updated system is not a direct equivalent to its predecessor. There are, however, some areas where they do align:

  • Grades 7, 8, and 9 reflect the top grades (A* and A) on the previous system
  • A 'low' Grade 4 reflects a low C grade on the previous system
  • A 'low' Grade 1 reflects a low G grade on the previous system

To pass on the new system, you will need to achieve at least Grade 4, known as a 'standard pass'. Grade 5 is a 'strong pass'. Achieving these grades will determine whether you are able to take further qualifications.

What do I need to have in order to study GCSEs?

There are no specific requirements to study GCSEs, or sit a retake, though it is recommended that you are confident in reading and writing, as these skills will be essential for completing the exams. Depending on the subject, you may also need to have the ability to analyse complex language and articulate your methodology to gain maximum marks.

Is there a cost for taking GCSEs as an adult?

There will often be a cost for retaking GCSEs later in life. This will depend on the subject or subjects you want to take. However, you may be eligible for learner support or use a monthly payment plan.

How many times can you retake your GCSEs?

There is no limit to the number of times you can retake your GCSEs, nor is there an age limit for taking your GCSEs for the first time. You should only focus on retaking GCSEs that align with your future goals and career requirements. To ensure you’re making the right choice, feel free to contact us or your future or current employer so that you are well-versed with the requirements.

However, it is a requirement to receive a minimum grade of 4 on the compulsory subjects: maths and English. You are required to retake your GCSEs as many times as needed to pass. This is usually the process of taking GCSEs in school.

How Oxbridge can help you retake your GCSEs

Oxbridge's award-winning platform is designed by experts who are passionate about their teaching, with each subject focusing on how best students can achieve the grades and qualifications they deserve.

With our online GCSE courses, you have the freedom to study and complete assignments in your own time. Plus, our online tutors are always around to help you navigate through your studies and provide a shoulder to lean on.

Deciding on the right course can be daunting, so our learning advisers are here for you. With their help and expertise in finding a program perfect just as it should fit your needs!