Everything you need to know about GCSEs in one place

If you have any other questions which this section doesn't answer, please send us a message and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have about GCSEs, revision or anything else related to school life at this age.



The 3 main examining boards in England are OCR, AQA and Edexcel. These are monitored by the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications).

As a student or parent you needn't worry about which board you are enrolled with, your school will do this for you. There are often similarities between the topics, and the assessment objectives that each examining body set (due to criteria set by the Department for Education) though the exams will be slightly different and in content and form.

Follow the links to find all of the course materials for each subject via the examining bodies online portal:

Edexcel subjects - Pick a subject, then download the course specification, past papers, teaching materials.

AQA subjects - Pick the 'GCSE' from the menu then explore available subjects and download course specifications and past papers.

OCR subjects - Pick your subjects from the list to download the course specifications, past papers and mark schemes.


If you have any other questions related to course materials, specifications, past papers then don't hesitate to get in contact. We have a wealth of experience and resources that we are happy to share with you.


We always recommend starting revision as early possible using 'distributed practice'. We also recommend trying out different methods when revising material. There are lots of options and approaches when revising and you won't know what works best for you until you try them all. Remember -- the easiest won't always be the best! Using a variety of different approaches can also be extremely beneficial for students

Have a look at this BBC article that reveals some commonly held misconceptions about revision. 

And these two vides from ASAPScience give some really excellent ideas to get students feeling positive about revision.

The most important things to remember are:

  1. make a timetable and spread out your revision over many

  2. find a quite study space with all the resources you need

  3. set one small goal for every session

  4. make each session about 30minutes long then take a 10 minute break

  5. put away your phone

  6. take some exercise everyday

  7. drink lots of water

  8. don't highlight books with highlighter - it doesn't work

  9. make your own flashcards and carry them with you and use them regularly

  10. make revision active and say things out loud when your using your cards

  11. make mnemonics to remember sets of things

  12. do as many practice tests as you can

  13. teach fellow students/family members parts of you course

  14. make mind-maps to link ideas together

  15. read and analyse model answers to questions


We've collected some of the best revision videos from across the web and have put them all here for you try:

Or if you are looking for more ideas to super-charge your revision, go to our blog. 

This part of our website is currently being updated. Stay tuned for a brand new resources page very soon. 

KEY DATES (2018-2019)

Below are some useful links to key exam dates:

If you are in need of any specific advice relating to dates and times of exams, do get in touch and we'd be happy to give you some guidance.



If you've not got the result you had hoped for and are hoping to retake an exam, you'll be glad to hear that retaking isn't particularly difficult.

The most likely scenario will be that you will retake within your school, however if your school cannot accommodate students who need to retake, do not fear. There are plenty of examination centres all over the UK who are able to enrol students solely to take the exams they are hoping to retake.

Wherever you take the exam you will probably have to pay a fee around £150 - though different centres have different costs.

Studential have a great page with some advice for students here.

If you would like further advice or guidance relating to retakes do get in touch for a free telephone consultation.