New GCSE grades

There have been a number of changes to GCSE courses and examinations over the last few years. The following provides you with some information on the key changes.

  • The “old” GCSE English and Maths will finished in summer 2016.
  • Other GCSEs also ended over the last few years.  Some completely ceased; others were replaced by “new” reformed GCSEs.
  • From September 2015 English Language, English Literature and Maths GCSE courses changed to the new reformed specification. This had the first exam in the Summer of 2017.
  • From September 2016most other subjects came on line with the reformed GCSE’s which were first examined in the Summer of 2018.
  • From September 2017the final subjects followed the reformed specification which were examined for the first time in the Summer of 2019.
  • “New” GCSEs will have different grading systems.  Instead of A* – G, they will have grades 9 to 1 where 9 is the highest.
  • “New” GCSEs will be more demanding and use end of course examinations (and as little coursework as possible).


Explaining the new GCSE grades; comparing these to the “old” ones




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