Recent Changes to GCSE courses

As you will know, a new system of grading has been introduced to GCSE subjects in the last two years. This is a scale of 9 to 1 where 9 is the highest grade and 1 is the lowest.

The table below shows how the previous grading structure compares to the new grades which you will receive.

Old Grades New Grades
A*
A
9
8
7
B
C
6
5
4
D
E
F
G
3
2
1

The government aims to make it compulsory for students who achieve less than a Grade 4 in English and/or Mathematics to retake one or both of those subjects as part of their further education or training after they have left school.

The Department for Education and OFQUAL have recently reformed all GCSE courses and many of the other qualifications available to students aged 14 - 16.  

You should be aware of the following general developments:

  • There are no longer any modular courses where some exams are taken before the end of the course.
  • In several subjects 100% of the assessment is through examinations which take place at the end of the course.
  • Non-Examination Assessments will continue to form part of the assessment structure for some other subjects, but these often contribute a smaller proportion of the overall mark than was previously the case.
  • The quality of written communication (QWC) will be assessed in almost all subjects. This means that you must pay careful attention to your spelling, punctuation and grammar in all of your work.