You may have heard that GCSE grades are changing. From September 2017 we will be offering the new 9 – 1 GCSEs in English and Maths using AQA as our awarding body and Functional Skills at Entry Level and Level 1 using Pearson Edexcel qualifications. More information on the new grading system is available in this short video.
In summer 2017, all GCSE English and Maths exam results will be graded from 9 – 1 instead of from A* – G and in summer 2019, all GCSE subjects will be graded in this way.
Why have a new system?
The Government sees this as a way to raise the standard of the current GCSEs in order to compete with the best performing countries around the world.
How does the new system work?
At the moment there are 8 grades (A* – G), which will change to 9 grades (9 – 1) with the new system, with 9 being the highest grade.
The new system allows more differentiation between high performing students ie instead of having A* and A there are now 3 equivalent grades of 9, 8 and 7 and instead of B and C there are now 3 grades 6, 5 and 4
The new numbered grades do not directly correspond to the old letter grades, but it is expected that the same proportion of students who currently achieve :-
- Grade A or higher will achieve a grade 7 or higher
- Grade C or higher will receive a grade 4 or higher
- Grade 9 is a new grade for very high performing students which will be set as the top fifth of the current A and A*
- Grade 5 will be the benchmark for a ‘good pass’
- The bottom of grade 1 will be the same as the bottom of grade G