GCSE reforms: what’s changed?
Exams and assessment
- Most exams will be taken at the end of the two-year course rather than on completion of modules.
- There will be fewer ‘bite-sized’ questions and more essay-style questions.
- The content will be more challenging, with more substantial texts in English literature and a number of new topics in maths.
- Everyone will have to do at least two science GCSEs (single science options have been dropped as of 2016).
- Coursework and controlled assessment will disappear from most subjects, apart from practical ones such as art, dance and drama.
New GCSE grades explained
Grading will move to a 9-1 scale instead of the A*-G scaling (though it’s worth checking below when your subjects will make the switch).
In the new grading system:
- 9 is higher than a current A*
- 8 is between and A* and A.
- 7 is are equal to an A
- 6 is equivalent to a high B
- 5 is between a B and C (strong pass)
- 4 is equal to a grade C (standard pass)
- 3 is in between a D and E
- 2 is between an E and F
- 1 is a G
- U refers to an ungraded paper
The table below compares the new grades 9-1 to the A*-G grading structure:
Help for parents
For further information regarding these changes please follow the link below:
If you have any questions relating to this please contact Mr Robinson, Deputy Headteacher.
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