Chapter 1 – How do GCSEs work?

Recent reforms in GCSEs have been implemented by the Department of Education (though this only applies to England).

GCSEs will no longer be marked by the standard A*-G grade scheme, but rather a 9-1 point scale. OFQUAL have stated that the same proportion of students which achieved a C and above will achieve a 4 and above, and the same proportion which achieved an A and above will achieve a 7 and above. Nonetheless, there is no direct mapping between grades a B grade spans across grade 5 and 6.

Furthermore, students will be examined in a linear fashion, sitting exams at the end of Year 11. Coursework has also taken a backseat, which means most subjects will be examined entirely through exams.

Single resits will be offered the following year, but students will have to resit all the exams for the qualification.

Universities have now set equivalent GCSE requirements for the new system, but these could change as more evidence accumulates on students attainment. As it stands, where universities previously required a C in certain subjects, they now require a 4. Those that required a B, now require a 6 (though some require a 5 as an equivalent to a B).

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