Resits: outgoing GCSEs, AS and A-levels

Following its consultation from December 2015, Ofqual has confirmed its decisions on final resit entries to outgoing GCSEs, AS and A-levels.

For an overview of the changes, see the timelines on our Changes to GCSEs, AS and A-levels page. Or you can take a look at Ofqual's timings for last teaching, last exams and resits in legacy GCSEs, AS and A-levels.

AS and A-levels

Any student can resit any AS or A-level, as long as they've taken the exam before or have a good reason why they didn't take it originally (such as illness). Check the latest version of the entry codes book on our Make entries page to see what's available when.


  • Some legacy GCSEs are being withdrawn, with final resit opportunities in summer 2017. See the latest version of the exam series guide on our Make entries page to see what’s available when.
  • Resits are open to students who are 16 or above at the start of the academic year.
  • For GCSE science and additional science qualifications, students will have one resit opportunity, which we will offer in January 2018.


Ofqual understand that there are likely to be some exceptions to these requirements, and schools and colleges should continue with their current entry patterns, such as students taking AS over two years. If you feel that you have students who'd be disadvantaged by Ofqual's expectations and would like some advice, please contact Customer Services.