GCSE grades explained: Numerical grading system

Students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have received theirs GCSE results today with record grades.

The school board has been urged not to “judge judgment” after this year’s verdict. GCSE Results expected to decline from record highs in 2021.

Similar to the pattern of A-Level results released last week, grades are expected to fall below last year’s but remain above 2019’s.

What does GCSE stand for?

GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education and is valued by schools, colleges and employers.

When was the grading system changed?

A numerical grading system was introduced in schools in 2014 by Michael Gove, then Minister for Education.

The move was taken to make the GCSEs more challenging, with an emphasis on exams rather than coursework over a two-year period.

This has not been the case for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government announced in January that students would not sit national GCSE, AS and A-level exams this summer due to the impact of the pandemic on young people’s education.

Full GCSE grading system explained

The numeric grading system is comparable to key grades in the old way grades were calculated.

Here’s what they mean:

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What is a passport in GCSE?

Is grade 3 passed?

For a ‘normal pass’, equivalent to the old C grade, students must achieve a 4, while a 5 represents a ‘strong pass’.

The overall grades of 4.5 and 6 correspond to the grades B and C in the old grading system.

What is Class 7 in GCSE?

Classes 7-9 correspond to classes A and A* in the old system.

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