What do the new GCSE grades mean?
GCSE grades will be defined by numbers, rather than letters, for GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature and GCSE Maths this summer. The new grading structure will then also apply for all other GCSE subjects from 2018 and 2019.
- the new grading structure of 9, 8 and 7 are equivalent to the current grades A* and A
- the new grading structure of 6, 5 and 4 are equivalent to the current grades B and C
- the new grading structure of 3, 2 and 1 are equivalent to the current grades D, E, F and G
The new 9 to 1 grading system is designed to more accurately reflect the difference between students abilities’ and achievements in each subjects compare to the current A* to G scale.
Grade 9 is the highest award and set above the current A*
The government’s current definition of a good pass, which previously had been defined as a grade C is now set to be grade 5.