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GCSE Grade Changes

As you’re probably aware, GCSEs are in the process of changing to a new grading system.

Some GCSEs will now be graded from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G with 9 being the highest grade and 1 being the lowest. The grading system is being changed to make them more challenging and to keep up with employer and university demands.

This year, English Literature, English Language, and Maths will be graded using the numbered system with the rest of the subjects continuing to use the letter system. By 2019, all subjects will be graded under the new numbered system.

A grade 4 is equivalent to a standard pass which is the minimum level that you will need to reach in English Literature, English Language, and Maths. A grade 5 is a strong pass that is also equivalent to a C. Not achieving a grade 4 or above in English Literature, English Language, and Maths will mean you will have to retake these subjects in post-16 education.

The new grading system means that students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a grade A or better will get a 7 or better. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*, this is so that it is easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students.  

You can see how the new grading system compares to the letter system here:

New GCSE Grading System

If you have any questions about the changes to the GCSE grades, do not hesitate to get in contact with us!