Everything you need to know about changes to GCSE results

PUBLISHED: 07:32 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 24 August 2017

Students will receive their results on Thursday. (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Students will receive their results on Thursday. (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

shironosov

The GCSE grade system is changing this year, and it will affect students when they pick up their results from schools today (Thursday). It means some students will receive the normal letter grades in some subjects, and a number in others. Here is our guide to what will look different this year...

What will change?

Those familiar A* to G grades are being phased out and replaced with a scale from nine to one – with nine the highest result, and one the lowest.

Only a few subjects are being switched over this year, so some students will forever boast a CV with an 8 in maths and B in geography.

Which subjects are different?

Students who sat English language, English literature and maths will notice the changes first.

For most other subjects, including science, the grades will come into force in 2018. Other subjects, such as psychology and business, will be unaffected until 2019.

So the next two GCSE cohorts will have a mix of letters and numbers in their envelopes.

What does this mean?

Put simply, 9s, 8s and 7s are broadly the same as A*s and As.

The middle grades, 6s, 5s and 4s are about a B and C, and 2s and 1s will be E, F and G.

The exams regulator says fewer 9s will be handed out than A*s, so it will be, in theory, harder to get those top marks.

The latest guidance is there are two pass grades: a standard pass is grade 4, and a strong pass is grade 5.

Has anything else changed?

These GCSE courses are the first to rely almost solely on exams at the end of two years, rather than coursework being built up during the year as well.

How are schools being measured?

Schools will be measured on the number of pupils who achieve a grade five or better in English and maths, and in the English Baccalaureate (a core five academic subjects: English, maths, history, geography, the sciences and a language).

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

The food villages of Singapore have inspired the new eating place on Exmouth seafront’s Queen’s Drive space.

Read more

Pupils from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School learned about the work of The Donkey Sanctuary and its history when the youngsters visited the charity’s Sidmouth headquarters.

Read more

Former pupils of Exmouth Community College recently held reunited to raise money for Hospiscare in memory of two school friends who died.

Read more

An Exmouth widow, whose husband recently died from cancer, has braved a head-shave in his memory and thanked the ‘brilliant’ Hospiscare staff who supported him in his last days.

Read more

Excitement is rising as the highest-flying charity event in the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District’s calendar is just weeks away.

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Exmouth RNLI is on the lookout for more on volunteer tour guides to come forward.

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Children at two Exmouth schools were visited by William and Harry recently – but not the one’s you might expect.

Read more
Saturday, July 14, 2018

One of the most controversial political figures in recent years is coming to Exmouth.

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

A family dynasty, which has farmed in Woodbury for more than 200 years, has won permission to build a third home on the site.

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

A couple of women who had become isolated by the tide on Exmouth beach used social media to alert emergency services.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications