GCSE New Grading for Employers

How will it affect employers?

We will work side by side with you to ensure that you still get the quality you need from an employee in training with us. We have always been here to help and guide and we will continue to do so. The first outcome that you will see in regards to the new reforms will be the grading structure. Some application forms and CV’s will have a numerical grade instead of the previous letter grade, and by 2019, the results of all the GCSEs will be completely in the new 9-1 structure. In this time of transition, students’ results will be a mixture of the two grading structures. Ofqual have published a comparison table where they have tried to match up the old structure to the new one. This is a rough guide however; as the new structure aims to change the grading, not simply replace the old one.

Required grades will also work slightly differently. Roughly a C can be marked as a 5 or a 4. The 4 classes as a lower pass whereas the 5 is a higher pass, bordering on a B. This means that the border lines between grades is not transferable to the new system. However, with the new grading structure, it creates a greater differentiation for the higher grades that are being achieved.

As before, if a student doesn’t achieve a C in maths and English (now translated to a 4 in the new grading structure), they will have to study those subjects further and sit the exams again, which we offer and support. There are no re-take requirements for other subjects.


If you need further assistance or guidance, please get in touch with us and ask for the Employer Services Team.

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