Changes to the GCSE Qualification

Changes to the GCSE Qualification

Key changes:

  • A revised GCSE in English and Mathematics has been introduced
  • The first exams were taken in summer 2017 alongside some “legacy” exams (old specification for candidates who were re-sitting)
  • Over the next few years all GCSEs will be updated and come on line by summer 2020
  • All will have the new grading system of 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest mark
  • New GCSEs will use end of course (linear) examinations and as little coursework as possible

Course Content

 

New Grading System

The tables shown here show the correspondence between the old and new grades.  The good pass grade for the old GCSE was set at grade C. The new “good pass” grade will be set at a different standard.  The government intends that:
  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4+ as used to achieve a grade C+
  • grade 5 will be awarded to roughly the top 1/3 of students gaining the equivalent of a grade C and the bottom 1/3 of students gaining the equivalent of a grade B
  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7+ as currently achieve a grade A+ 

 

       

 

What will this mean going forward?

  • The new grade 5 is at a higher level than the old grade C. This means fewer students will achieve this “good pass”
  • If students do not achieve a grade 5 or higher on the new exam, they will not achieve what the government is calling a “good pass”
  • 2/3 of students who used to gain a grade C will not achieve a grade 5 in the new GCSE, but a grade 4
  • In the future, those who do not achieve a grade 5 or higher will have to continue to take English and/or Mathematics post 16 
  • The government (and many universities) may consider grade 4 as a “good pass” for the first year or two of the new system
  • Entry to post-16 courses will need at least a 4 or 5 in either English or Mathematics
  • Entry to some courses at post 16 will need grades 5 or 6 in English, Mathematics or both

 

What will Bosworth expect?

  • At Bosworth for entry in September 2017, we will consider grade 4+ or C as a “good pass” in all subjects, including IGCSE
  • For English as a First Language IGCSE we consider grade C+ as a “good pass”
  • For English as a Second Language IGCSE we consider grade B+ as a “good pass”
  • Candidates must normally have achieved grade B+ or 6+ in any subject they intend to continue at A-level and if they intend to study Mathematics at A-level then a grade A/A* or 7+ is required
  • Candidates must achieve 3 GCSE “good pass” grades at 4+ to continue onto the BTEC Business Course

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-gcse-9-to-1-grades-coming-soon

https://newgcses.campaign.gov.uk/

 

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