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.

How will this affect my place at Rotherham College?

All the courses within on our online course directory or within our course guide include entry requirements. Where we are asking for a GCSE grade C you will require a grade 4.

For further facts and a timetable of when the different subjects will change to the new GCSE grading structure visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-the-facts-gcse-and-a-level-reform/get-the-facts-gcse-reform

Here are some other examples from our course entry requirements:

Four GCSEs grades A-D = Four GCSEs grades 9-3
Five GCSEs grades A-C = Five GCSEs grades 9-4

New Grading Structure Current Grading Structure
9
A*
8
A
7
6
B
5
C
4
D
3
E
2
F
1
 G
U U

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