Search

What do the new GCSE grades mean - and which subjects are changing this year?

PUBLISHED: 12:42 22 August 2018

Don't despair if you didn't get the exam results you wanted this summer. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA

Don't despair if you didn't get the exam results you wanted this summer. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA

Press Association Images

No coursework, two years of study, a clutch of Bs and a handful of threes - it’s a tricky time to be a GCSE student.

Students across London will collect their GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday). Photo by DGLimagesStudents across London will collect their GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday). Photo by DGLimages

Thousands of students around London are due to collect their GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday).

But this year’s results come mid-way through a major shake-up of to the system, which will eventually see all subjects moved from the traditional lettered scale, A* to U, to numbers.

The change began last year, with English and maths the first subjects to move to the numbers, which range from nine - above an A* - to a one.

While it is difficult to compare like for like, a grade four is generally considered to be a C, or a pass.

But this is the area which has caused the most concern. Generally, it is accepted that a grade four is a ‘standard pass’, while a grade five is a ‘strong pass’, a difference which has attracted criticism.

This year, more subjects will switch to the numerical system, with most others following in 2019. The changes this year are:

• Art and design

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Citizenship studies

• Combined science

• Dance

• Drama

• Food preparation and nutrition

• French

• Geography

• German

• Classic Greek

• History

• Latin

• Music

• Physical education

• Physics

• Religious Studies

• Spanish

But as well as deciphering the new results, students will be seeing the impact of new, tougher exams.

The courses are now mainly exam-based, with new content and less coursework. They are designed for two years of study with exams at the end - so no modules to break it up.

Fewer grade nines are likely to be handed out than there were A*s, with one study predicting that as few as 200 pupils will achieve a clean sweep of top grades.

We will be publishing GCSE results and pictures on our website tomorrow (Thursday).

Latest Romford News Stories

Police investigating the stabbing in outside Lidl in Romford town centre earlier today (Tuesday, November 20) have confirmed the victim is in a stable condition in hospital.

17:51

A teenager was taken to hospital after he was stabbed in the Lidl car park in Romford this afternoon.

Lots of police are in the town centre and a man has been rushed to hospital following a stabbing outside Lidl.

London’s Air Ambulance reportedly landed in Upminster Park this afternoon after a man suffered a medical emergency in the town centre.

Havering Council has set up a hotline to reassure worried residents after financial problems at one of the UK’s largest home care providers raised concerns that services might be disrupted from as early as December 1.

15:31

In support of a three-year-old with cancer, the Havering Asian Society held a special event celebrating the festival of lights which raised funds for her Leukaemia appeal.

13:00

Romford’s Raphael Park is set to undergo improvements after parkrun organisers secured nearly £3,000 worth of funding to install rubber matting around the bandstand at the park.

A Chadwell Heath care home has been ranked as “good” in all areas.

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now