New GCSE grades will be introduced for the first time for 2017 exam results on subjects which followed the new teaching specifications from 2015. By 2019, all GCSEs will be graded using the new system.
What are the new grades?
The new GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 5 considered a good pass and grade 9 being the highest and set above the current A*.
The government’s definition of a ‘good pass’ will be set at grade 5 for reformed GCSEs. A grade 4 will continue to be a Level 2 achievement. The Department for Education does not expect employers, colleges or universities to raise the bar to a grade 5 if a grade 4 would meet their requirements.