Grading New GCSEs from 2017
|New Grading Structure||Current Grading Structure|
|9, 8, 7||A*, A|
|6, 5, 4||B, C|
|3, 2, 1||D, E, F, G|
Things you should know about 9 to 1 GCSE grades
- GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.
- New GCSE content will be more challenging.
- Fewer grade 9s will be awarded A*s.
- English language, English literature and maths will be the first to be graded from 9 to 1 in 2017.
- Another 20 subjects will have 9 to 1 grading in 2018, with most others following in 2019. During this transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades.
- The new grades are being brought in to signal that GCSEs have been reformed and to better differentiate between students of different abilities.
- In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, broadly the same proportion of students will get grades 1, 4 and 7 and above as would have got grades G, C and A and above respectively in the old system.
- Regulators in Wales and Northern Ireland are not introducing the new 9 to 1 grading scale as part of the changes to GCSEs in their jurisdictions.