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.

Print the chart out below and keep it with your certificates as a reminder of how the old system compares with the new.  Useful if you have GCSE’s from 2016 and some in 2017.  Employers may not know about the changes and still ask about the old grades at an interview, if this happens to you just politely explain that the grade system changes in 2017 and you have this handy conversion chart.  It might be a question to see if you are alert and knowledgeable.

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