GCSE Retakes at Private College in London
At Bales, we also offer new students the opportunity to improve upon the results of GCSE examinations taken elsewhere, by entering directly in to Year 11 and resitting exams the following June.
There are various reasons why a student may not have achieved their desired grades; personal or family circumstances, illness, a lack of motivation, or simply poor exam technique. At Bales College we aim to draw a line under the past, build a student’s confidence and skills and help them succeed in attaining the grades which correctly reflect both their effort and potential.
Separate GCSE Retakes Group
In the academic Year 2010-11, the GCSE retakes group will be taught separately from the 1 year and 2 year GCSE courses.
GCSE retakes students need a different study focus than students who are sitting GCSE examinations for the first time. In the first place, GCSE retake students will have covered the majority of the syllabus at their previous school or college, and so will mainly need to focus on answering questions on topics, studying areas of particular weakness and building up confidence on questions.
GCSE revision and GCSE Exam Technique
Because the students will have studied most of the syllabus before, a lot of the focus on teaching can go towards revising topics, which is a different skill to learning them from scratch. Exam technique can be a very big factor in the outcome of GCSE examinations. We place a great importance on exam technique – from timing how long to spend on each question, to keeping focus and even writing answers very neatly with clear workings where necessary. Many of our teachers are examiners of former examiners and know the importance of good presentation when it comes to examiners marking hundreds of answer papers in a day!
Teacher Focus and Small Class Sizes
The GCSE retakes groups are normally 6-10 students per subject, meaning that each student gets a huge amount of individual attention during class times. Teachers are able to react to each student’s existing knowledge, and focus on areas of weakness on each subject.