GCSE Grading Structure To Be Fully Changed By 2019
Starting with GCSE results at the end of the 2016/17 academic year, there will be a major change in how GCSEs are graded. GCSE English and maths grades will now be graded as numbers from 9-1 rather than A*-G. All other subjects will follow this grading structure from summer 2019.
The reason for this is to raise the standard of GCSEs to help students compete with the best performing countries in the world, and to allow a greater differentiation between the higher performing students who achieve similar grades. For example, grades 8 and 9 are both equivalent to an A*, but a 9 identifies the higher performing students who have achieved what would essentially be an A**.
The diagram below shows the new grading structure in detail, for more information visit the AQA website.