GCSEs in England are changing
GCSEs in England are being reformed and will ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. The new scale is intended to recognise more clearly the achievements of high-attaining students.
Changing from letters to numbers will also allow anyone – for example an employer – to see easily whether a student has taken a new, more challenging GCSE, or an old GCSE.
Starting with English and Maths from this summer, a new 9 to 1 grading scale replaces A* to G, with 9 being the highest grade. By 2020, all GCSEs in England will be reformed and graded 9 to 1. A new GCSE grade 4 is broadly equivalent to a low/medium grade C, the standard for a level 2 qualification. By 2020, all GCSEs in England will be reformed and graded using numbers instead of letters.