9-1 GCSE Science

The new grading scale for GCSE Science

All of the Achieve in Science resources are designed to support the reformed GCSE qualifications which will now be awarded on a grade scale of 9 (the highest grade) to 1 (the lowest).

How does the new scale compare with old grades?

Schools have been told that in the first year the new GCSE is introduced:
  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above.
  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve a grade A and above.
  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 1 and above as currently achieve a grade G and above.

What are the other changes?

  • The New GCSEs will be more challenging, with an increasing amount of Mathematics.
  • There will be fewer grade 9s than there were A*s.

Links for where you can find out more:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/policy/gcse-and-a-level-changes/9-1