Find out all you need to know about making entries including re-sits, carry forward of marks, closing dates and fees.
Your school or college needs to be approved by us before you can enter your students for our exams. Please contact us about becoming a centre before you start teaching the course.
Schools/colleges can find information and guidance about making entries on our entries for exams officers pages.
All GCSEs are now taken as linear qualifications, so students must be entered for all the required written exams, controlled assessments and subject awards as listed in the entry codes 2014/15 book, even if they are carrying forward controlled assessment marks.
If you have a question about entries, please call us on 0800 197 7162 (or +44 203 671 8010 from outside the UK) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find more information about entries and certification on JCQ's website.
Entry closing dates
It is important that you submit your entries by the closing date to make sure we have your students' details. Any late submissions will incur an additional fee.
|Series||Series and year code||Entry closing date|
|November 2015||BG15||4 October 2015|
|January 2016||1A16||21 October 2015|
|March 2016||3G16||21 January 2016|
|June 2016||6A16||21 February 2016|
Our exam series guide tells you what qualifications are available in each exam series.
All GCSEs in the November 2016 series will be available for re-sits only. This applies to all schools/colleges and to all students.
Please refer to the important notes below for the entry rules for GCSE subjects in the November series.
Important notes for 2014/15
GCSE subjects in the November series
All GCSEs in the November 2014 series, November 2015 series and November 2016 series will be available for re-sits only. This applies to all schools/colleges and to all students.
|Subject||November entry rule|
GCSE English Language
|To re-sit GCSE English or GCSE English Language, students must have received a result for a previous attempt an English GCSE.|
To re-sit GCSE Mathematics, students must have received a result for a previous attempt at either:
|GCSE Linked Pair: Applications of Mathematics|
To re-sit Applications of Mathematics students must have received a result for a previous attempt at either:
|GCSE Linked Pair: Methods in Mathematics|
To re-sit Methods in Mathematics students must have received a result for a previous attempt at either:
A previous attempt can be from the current or legacy GCSE specifications, and from any of the JCQ awarding bodies.
The November entry rules above have been agreed by JCQ and apply to all awarding bodies.
If students are changing awarding bodies (for example re-sitting with AQA having previously taken the subject with another awarding body) we may contact the entering school/college for evidence of the students' previous attempt.
Changes to early entry at GCSE
On 30 September 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) announced changes to which entries will count towards schools' performance tables. Please see the DfE's changes to early entry at GCSE.
Carrying forward GCSE controlled assessments
Students can carry forward their controlled assessment results for most subjects provided they have already been used towards an award (or as an endorsement for Speaking and Listening in English subjects) in a previous series.
For the majority of subjects, students must be entered for the same units and subject award title as previously achieved if they are planning to carry forward their result.
If students submit new controlled assessments, the new mark will be used towards their award even if it is lower than a previous attempt.