GCSE 9-1 grading
Everything you need to know about the new reforms to the GCSE and A/AS level grading system
This is a big time of the year for 16-year olds and arguably their biggest academic challenge they’ve faced to date. GCSE’s have changed and reformed their grading system.
Here is a guide to everything you need to know.
- Changes are taking place in England and reforms are happening to the GCSE and A/AS level qualifications. The main difference is the new grading system to the GCSEs
- A new grading structure to the GSCEs has started. It changes the old A-G grading to a new scale, 9-1 (9 being the highest grade)
- Last year the results in August 2017 saw students have the 9-1 results in English Language, English Literature and Maths. All other subjects taken showed grades in the A-G structure
- Results day this year (2018) will see another 20 subjects to have the 9-1 grading, with most of the remaining subjects following in 2019. During the transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades
- These changes to the GCSEs are to signify that they have reformed and they will better differentiate between students of different abilities
- For minimum requirements of a C grade, Ofqual converts this into a 4 in the new grading system. Students that don’t achieve that in their GCSEs will be required to continue studying in their post-16 education to reach this requirement
- For the transition time Ofqual have produced a comparison chart, comparing the old structure of grades to the new 9-1 structure. Ungraded will stay the same in both structures
Previous students studying GCSEs, AS levels and A levels faced exams throughout the duration of the course, due to the course modules. The new reform sees the courses moved away from modular to become linear. This means that the exams will be taken at the end of the course, whether the duration is one year or two. Ofqual also stats that the courses will include more demanding content in the GCSE’s and refreshed content to the A/AS levels. There will be a degree of non-exam assessments to reflect the balance and nature of the new subject content for the qualifications undergoing the reform.
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