About 5 days ago, the GCSE results of thousands of pupils were released. It was the first year of the Government’s tough new GCSE courses that marked the biggest shake-up of the end-of-school exams for a generation.

Under England’s exams overhaul, GCSEs have been toughened up, with less coursework, and all exams at the end of the two-year courses, rather than throughout. Traditional A*-G grades have been scrapped and replaced with a 9-1 system, with 9 the highest result.

GCSE results day is a big moment in any child’s life and for thousands of children across the country, it will be a day of celebration. The results can be a springboard for a variety of exciting careers and it’s great to see so many students rewarded for their hard work.

But for those who don’t quite get the results they hoped for, it certainly isn’t the end of the world! there are a number of options available.

  • They could get in touch with the course representative at the sixth form or college they applied for. They may still have spaces available on the course or be able to suggest different subjects that do.
  • Alternatively, it might be worth considering less traditional pathways, such as apprenticeships, work experience or a gap year. Such options do not mean that students have to simply leave education behind, as they can still resit GCSEs while working.

 

What is the new grading scale for GCSE qualifications?

The reformed GCSE qualifications will be awarded on a graded scale of 9 (the highest grade) to 1 (the lowest) as previously mentioned above.

This new scale will be aligned to key grades on the current A* to G scale.

  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above
  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve a grade A and above
  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 1 and above as currently achieve a grade G and above.

See below is a table that might give you a better understanding of the GCSE grading system.