New GCSE Grade System

The Government have changed the grading system for all GCSE and BTEC subjects. The new grading system will be numerical "9 to 1" with 9 being the highest. This will replace the current grades of A* to G.

Below is a table comparing the existing system with the new numerical system.


GCSE

Grade

Number

Number
A*
U
9
9=
M
9-
L
8
8=
A
U
8-
M
7
7=
L
7-
B
U
6
6=
M
6-
L
5
5=
C
U
5-
M
4
4=
L
4-
D
U
3
3+
M
3=
L
3-
E
U
2
2+
M
2=
L
2-
F
U
1
1+
M/L
1=
G
U/M/L
1-


BTEC
GradeNew
D*D*+
D*=
D*-
DD+
D=
D-
MM+
M=
M-
PP+
P=
P-
L1PL1P+
L1P=
L1P-


Timetable for Changes

2016: Last year's results were all A* to G.

2017: English Language, English Literature and Mathematics only will move to the new grades: 9 to 1

2018: The vast majority of subjects will all move to 9 to 1

College and Post 16

The grades you receive for certain subjects will affect what you have to study at college and post 16.

2016: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade C

2017: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade 4

2018: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade 4

2019: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade 5

This is the latest information as at June 2017.

New Accountability Measures for Schools and Academies

What are Progress 8 and Attainment 8?

Progress 8 is the new accountability measure aimed at measuring the progress of pupils for all grades across a full range of 8 subjects.

It is a type of value added measure, meaning that pupils' results are compared to the achievements of other 'similar' pupils and measures how far a pupil's results are above or below their "expected outcome".

Attainment 8 looks at the actual results and total score of a pupil across the range of 8 different subjects.