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This notice has been updated to include the link to final assessment arrangements for 'less taught' languages.
This notice has been updated to clarify the rule for the second resit opportunity for GCSE English and Mathematics.
Following their public consultation, Ofqual has published their consultation outcome regarding resits for ‘legacy’ GCSE, AS and A Levels that will be expiring as part of the reform of general qualifications. We would like to explain what this means for centres and students taking ‘legacy’ OCR GCSE, AS and A Levels.
The consultation confirms students taking ‘legacy’ AS and A Levels in the last scheduled sitting will have the opportunity to resit these qualifications. Resits will:
Therefore, in subjects where new qualifications were introduced for first teaching in September 2015 and 2016, the resit opportunities for the OCR ‘legacy’ AS and A Levels will be as follows:
*To confirm which specifications are available from each year, see our Qual Change Planner.
**The final assessment arrangements for 'less taught' languages are available in a separate update.
The following rules apply to students wishing to take resits in these qualifications:
The consultation puts in place requirements for two resit opportunities for GCSEs in English, English Language and Mathematics, as well as one resit opportunity for GCSE Science.
The resit opportunities for English and Mathematics subjects are shown in the table below.
Please note: there are no resit opportunities available for English Literature (J360).
*Candidates wishing to resit Mathematics A (J562) after November 2016 are able to use the Mathematics B (J567) specification
Changes have been made to the operational end dates for the above GCSE Maths and English qualifications, to ensure the availability of funding for resit programmes in schools, colleges and other training organisations in the 2016/17 academic year. These changes will not be immediately visible, but the Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency are planning to send an update to providers.
The final assessment opportunity for most GCSE science qualifications is June 2017. The only exception is GCSE Environmental and Land-based Science, where the final assessment opportunity is June 2018.
OCR will provide a resit opportunity for the GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science qualifications (for both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ suites) in November 2017. The following rules apply to students wishing to take resits in these qualifications:
OCR will not be offering resit opportunities in any other GCSE subjects.
You can check final assessment opportunities for ‘legacy’ GCSEs, AS and A Levels using our new Qual Change Planner. This has been designed to support schools and colleges in changing from the qualification currently being delivered to one of our new reformed qualifications. You just need to enter a subject or entry code for a current qualification into the box on the Qual Change Planner page and select from the results.
For full details of Ofqual's rules, see the following links: