What is the new 9-1 grading system and how will it affect me?
Last year, the 9-1 grading system was only used in English language, English literature and Maths.
This year, it will used in 20 more subjects (see below for a full list).
The new scale will be phased in to all other GCSEs over the next few years.
GCSEs graded 9-1 in 2018
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Art and Design
French, German, Latin, Spanish
Dance, Drama, Music
Food Preparation and Nutrition
In summer 2019, the following subjects will be graded 9-1: Ancient History; Astronomy; Business; Classical Civilisation; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Engineering; Film Studies; Geology; Media Studies; Modern Foreign Languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Polish, Russian, Urdu); Psychology; Sociology; Statistics
In summer 2020, this will be expanded to: Ancient Languages (Biblical Hebrew); Modern Foreign Languages (Gujarati, Persian, Portuguese, Turkish)
The new scale is a dramatic shift away from the A*- G system that students, parents, and teachers have been familiar with for decades, but exam boards say it is “anchored” in the old A* – G system.
The bottom of a grade 7 is equivalent to the bottom of a grade A, for example, and the bottom of grade 4 is equivalent to the bottom of a grade C. The bottom of a 1 is aligned to the bottom of a G.
The government expects, therefore, that a pupil who scored a C or above under last year’s grading scale will receive a 4 or above.
The government introduced the scale to inject more rigour into the exam system, and to allow for more differentiation among the highest-achievers.