Average GCSE point scores and the new GCSE grades

From August 2017, English Language, English Literature and Maths GCSEs are graded on a new system of 9-1, with 9 being the highest possible mark. Apart from English and Maths, all other GCSEs are still graded on the old system of A*- G.

We use an average GCSE point score to work out entry requirements for A-Level courses. This is a really important step as it helps us to ensure that no student starts an A-Level course they might fail to pass. This key strategy helps our students become some of the most successful post-16 students in the country.
In order to work out the new average GCSE point score, we need to convert all subjects from A*- G to 9 – 1. The table below shows you how we do this.

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Once you know what you have achieved at GCSE, you can work out your average GCSE point score. Here are some examples.

Example 1
Jo has achieved a 6 in both Maths and English. She has also achieved an A* in Biology, an A in Chemistry, a B in History, Physics and French, and a C in PE.

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Example 2
Chris has achieved a 7 in Maths and a 5 in English. He has also achieved a B in History and Science, a C in Drama and Geography, and a D in IT.

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