Exams in reformed English language, English literature and maths GCSEs will be taken for the first time in 2017. These will be graded from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G.

Statistical predictions will be used in 2017 to ensure there is alignment between the new and current grading structures, such that:

  • 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

The government’s definition of a ‘good pass’ will be set at grade 5 for reformed GCSEs. A grade 4 will continue to be a level 2 achievement. The Department for Education does not expect employers, colleges or universities to raise the bar to a grade 5 if a grade 4 would meet their requirements.

The new grading structure will be applied to other GCSE subjects in 2018 and 2019.

NEW grading structure Current grading structure
9
A*
8
7 A
6
B
5
C
4
D
3
E
2
F
1
G
U U

Good Pass (DfE)

5 and above = top of C and above

Awarding

4 and above = bottom of C and above