Introducing the new GCSE 9 to 1 grading
From 2017, reformed GCSEs in England will be graded 9 to 1, and will ultimately replace the current A*–G grading scale.
When will students first receive the 9 to 1 grade?
The grades will be awarded for the first time in summer 2017 exam results, for specifications that first started teaching in September 2015. The only subjects to be awarded 9 to 1 in summer 2017 are English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. By 2019, all reformed GCSEs in England will be using the new system.
Grade descriptors for 9 to 1 GCSEs
Ofqual has developed grade descriptors for the reformed GCSEs graded 9 to 1. The grade descriptors are designed to provide an indication of the likely level of performance at grades 2, 5 and 8.
Ofqual has also developed a number of free helpful digital resources, which are available from:
- Ofqual: How the top grades will be awarded in new GCSEs
- Ofqual postcard: Grading the new GCSEs from 2017
- Ofqual postcard: New GCSE grade descriptors
- Ofqual consultation: Setting the grade standards of new GCSEs in England: 2017 & 2018
For further information, helpful resources and links please visit our GCSE (9-1) webpage.
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Jonathan Thomas, PR Manager
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