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Every GCSE subject is assessed using the 9-1 grading system, with all exams set at the end of Year 11. Grade 1 is the lowest grade, and Grade 9 is reserved for the very top students.


Grade 4 is the Standard Pass grade. If students don’t achieve a Grade 4 in Maths and English, they’ll need to continue studying these subjects.

A bit more detail...

  • Some of the current grades match up with the old ones. A low Grade 1 is comparable to a low Grade G, a low Grade 4 is comparable to a low Grade C and a low Grade 7 is comparable to a low Grade A.
  • Coursework and practical assessments play a much smaller part in the current GCSE courses — which means most of the marks are won or lost in the exams at the end of Year 11. No pressure...
  • Both Wales and Northern Ireland have introduced their own reformed A*-G courses
    • In Wales, state-maintained schools can usually only teach the reformed GCSE courses offered by WJEC (also known as CBAC). However, in subjects where WJEC doesn’t offer a reformed GCSE, Grade 9-1 GCSEs are allowed. Independent schools in Wales can teach any GCSE courses they choose.
    • In Northern Ireland, schools can teach most of the new Grade 9-1 courses if they choose to — the only exceptions to this are GCSE Science and GCSE English Language, which must follow the reformed A*-G courses.

Relax — CGP have GCSEs completely covered...

No matter what you’re studying for GCSE, CGP’s books are here to make your life easier. With clear, friendly notes in our Revision Guides, and stacks of exam-style practice in our Workbooks, we have everything students need. Plus, you can test what you know with CGP’s pocket-sized cards and free online 10-Minute Tests — amazing!   

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