Why not complete your qualifications? GCSE courses for adults

Many adults have not had the chance to complete their GCSE qualifications at school, this may be due to many reasons such a family, children or otherwise. Fear not! There are many GCSE courses for adults available for you to catch up and achieve those targets towards getting that ideal job!

Maths and English GCSE's are now essential to apply to many jobs as well as apprenticeships and also further studying courses; they show your knowledge and how well you have done in these compulsory areas. Of course there are many more important GCSE's involved, the more you achieve the more chance to you have towards fulfilling your dreams!

GCSE's are usually studied full-time at school or college, taking five terms to complete. GCSEs are available in more than 40 academic and nine 'applied' subjects.

If you don’t have the time to be committed full-time then you can take many GCSE's as short courses. Furthermore, if you learn more slowly than others, you can spread a short course out over the same length as a traditional GCSE. Short courses also allow more able students to take extra subjects, like a second foreign language.

GCSE's are assessed mainly on written exams, although in some subjects there are also elements of coursework. Some subjects, like art and design, have more coursework and fewer exams. Some GCSE courses are made up of units; for these, you take exams at the end of each unit. Other GCSEs involve exams at the end of course.

GCSE grades vary from A*-G and U. Higher tier exams leads to grades A*-D foundation tier exams leads to grades C-G and U (Unclassified). There are some subjects where exam is essential and your teacher would usually decide whether you will take a “higher” or “foundation” tier exam.

If you're thinking about higher education, you may need GCSE's in certain subjects. Most universities and colleges will ask for five GCSE's grades A*-C, including English and maths (as well as A levels or equivalent qualifications).

If for some reason the exam does not go well and it is outside your control then speak to your teachers as soon as possible so that you maybe eligible for special consideration.

Re-sits are also available, for example if your GCSE is made up of units, you can choose to re-sit individual units. Don’t worry if you end up scoring a lower mark on your re-sit as the awarding body will count the higher mark from your exam papers. However, re-sitting does take time out from studying for other units as you need to the time revise again making sure this time you correct those errors.

So what are you waiting for? Instead of not being able to go back in time why not achieve those GCSE’s in the future! Good luck

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