New GCSE Grading Structure
Reformed GCSEs will be introduced gradually over three years
from September 2015. Examination Results will be graded from
9 - 1, instead of A* - G.
Students awarded GCSEs in 2017 and 2018 will therefore receive a
mixture of 9 - 1 and A* - G grades - Current Year 10 and Year
Students will not be penalised as a result of the changes.
A statistical method will be used by examination boards (known as
comparable outcomes) so that:
- broadly the same proportion of students will receive a grade 4
and above as currently achieve a grade C or above;
- broadly the same proportion of students will receive a grade 7
and above as currently achieve a grade A or above;
- the bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade
- a grade 5 will awarded to the top third of students gaining the
equivalent of a grade C or bottom third of a grade B. The
Department of Education has decided that a grade 5 will be a 'good
pass', it was previously a "C" grade.
In addition the top 20% of those who get a grade 7 or above in
each exam, will be awarded a grade 9.