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Grades Explained

The traditional A* – G grading system for English and maths GCSEs is changing. The first new exams for GCSE maths and English will be in summer 2017.

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There are nine grades in the new system whereas currently there are eight, A* to G. In the new system, 9 is the highest grade that a student can achieve, 1 the lowest. The highest grades of A* and A will be replaced by 7, 8 and 9. Grades B and C will also be replaced by three numbers, 4, 5 and 6. A grade C pass, recognised for many employment and higher education opportunities, will be a 5. However, a 5 is not exactly the same as a C; it is equivalent to a high C or lower grade B. Students who have not achieved a grade 4 in maths and English will need to retake these exams as part of their post-16 study programme at college.

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