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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.

Getting results in 2021...

  • This year has been a bit different to most other years, not least because exams were cancelled. This means that GCSE grades are being awarded through teacher assessments.
  • Results day is slightly earlier this year — you will receive your grades on 12th August 2021
  • If you’re unhappy with any of your grades, any student can appeal their results. It’s totally free, and the school will handle submitting a formal appeal to the exam board. All you have to do is let your teacher or head of year know that you want to appeal. 
  • Retaking assessments is also an option if you’re unhappy with how you’ve done. There will be a full set of exams in the autumn, so you can choose to resit part of a subject as an exam, rather than a teacher assessment. 

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 A-Levels completely covered...

If you’re about to start your A-Levels, CGP has it all totally sorted. Our fantastic Head Start and How to Revise for A-Level books will help you hit the ground running when term starts. If it’s super-clear, in-depth study notes and realistic practice questions you’re after, then our Complete Revision & Practice Guides and Student Books are just the ticket for Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and more! 

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