GCSE Grade Changes

GCSE grades have changed

GCSEs in England have been reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English Literature, English Language and Maths were the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (Art & Design, Geography, History, French, German, Latin, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education) followed in August 2018 and most others convert in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with the demands of universities and employers.


In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a Grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a Grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students.