Changes to GCSE grades

The past four years have seen a significant number of new initiatives in education. One fundamental change which will happen over the next few years is the introduction of new KS4 syllabi for every subject and the move from traditional GCSE Grades (A*-G) to a new GCSE grading structure (1-9). The new subjects are being introduced gradually over three years, with the first wave being taught from September 2015. Students taking GCSEs over this period will therefore receive a mixture of 9 to 1 and A* to G grades.

Our V Cert qualifications however will remain unchanged in terms of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. As you can see from the diagram below, the grading structure for our V Cert qualifications will continue to be aligned with the previous or ‘old’ GCSE grade and therefore in line with the new GCSE grades. For example, if a learner was to be awarded a distinction at L1 in September 2016, this would equate to 3 performance points and would be awarded a higher grade 2/lower grade 3 in the new GCSE grading structure.


For more information, please visit the Ofqual website and view the ‘Your Qualification, Our Regulation’ document.