The grading system for GCSEs changed from 2017 from letters (with A* as the highest grade) to numbers (with 9 as the highest grade). The new 9–1 grading system was introduced to more accurately reflect the differentiation between higher and lower achieving students in each subject.

Information for students, parents/guardians, employers

The Department for Education has set up a website which provides detailed information on how GCSEs are changing. You can visit the site at


When will the new GCSE grading be introduced?

The grades will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results, by 2019, all GCSE results will be using the new system.

Current year 10 students will sit new GCSEs in maths, English language and English literature in June 2017. However, they will still be awarded 'old-style' GCSEs in all other subjects.  The new grading system will be rolled out for other GCSE subjects in coming years, a completion date has been given of 2019.

New grading structure

Grade 9 at the top of the scale is allocated to high performing students and is the equivalent to a grade above the current A* grade. A good passing grade is considered to be from grade 5 and above, with grade 5 being the equivalent of a top grade C in the current grading system.

Find out more from about the grading system by watching the video from Ofqual below: