Aqa English Language Gcse Coursework Grade Boundaries

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Raw mark grade boundary tables

Tables that show how raw exam marks map to grade boundaries.

For qualifications that use uniform marks, the results slip contains the UMS mark, which can't be used with these boundary tables. See our Grade boundaries and the UMS page for more information on this. 

You can use these tables with your raw marks for the following qualifications:

  • reformed AS specifications
  • GCSE Mathematics (Linear) B.

Only the subject grade will show on results slips; they don't show raw marks.

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skip to content

Raw mark grade boundary tables

Tables that show how raw exam marks map to grade boundaries.

For qualifications that use uniform marks, the results slip contains the UMS mark, which can't be used with these boundary tables. See our Grade boundaries and the UMS page for more information on this. 

You can use these tables with your raw marks for the following qualifications:

  • reformed AS specifications
  • GCSE Mathematics (Linear) B.

Only the subject grade will show on results slips; they don't show raw marks.

2016/17 exams

January 2017 exams

November 2016 exams

2015/16 exams

June 2016 exams

March 2016 exams

January 2016 exams

November 2015 exams

2014/15 exams

June 2015 exams

March 2015 exams

January 2015 exams

November 2014 exams

2013/14 exams

June 2014 exams

March 2014 exams

January 2014 exams

November 2013 exams

2012/13 exams

June 2013 exams

March 2013 exams

January 2013 exams

November 2012 exams

2011/12 exams

June 2012 exams

March 2012 exams

January 2012 exams 

November 2011 exams

2010/11 exams

June 2011 exams

March 2011 exams

January 2011 exams

November 2010 exams

2009/10 exams

June 2010 exams

March 2010 exams

January 2010 exams

November 2009 exams

2008/09 exams

June 2009 exams

March 2009 exams

January 2009 exams

November 2008 exams

2007/08 exams

June 2008 exams

March 2008 exams

Half a million students picked up their GCSE results on Thurdsday (August 24), and were the first to be graded under a new 1-9 system.

The new numbered scores replace the traditional A*-G grades and come as part of a huge education reform that aims to create more rigorous GCSEs. 

A ‘linear’ system will see pupils take all their exams at the end of Year 11 with less reliance on coursework.

GCSE grade boundaries were published yesterday, with exam bodies using a delayed tactic to minimise student stress.

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Grade boundaries are usually realeased online in the days leading up to results day, but this year they have been kept secret. 

Michael Turner, director general of the Joint Council for Qualifications, said: “We have taken this decision to stop any unnecessary student concern or anxiety the day before they receive their results.”

Today's GCSE results showed that the number of pupils receiving at C/grade 4 has dropped to the lowest level since 2008.

In 2017, 66.3 per cent earned a C or equivalent, a drop of 0.6 per cent on last year. Here is a breakdown of the new GCSE grade boundaries.

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Chart showing what each of the new GCSE grades are worth

What are GCSE grade boundaries?

Grade boundaries set out the minimum number of marks required for each grade. 

These grade boundaries change each year depending on how well the pupil population performs as a whole. 

Exam chiefs will lower the grade boundaries for tricky exams to allow more students to get the top grades. 

But if students do well on an exam nationwide, the boundaries are likely to be raised. Grade boundaries will often vary within an exam body.

GCSE results day 2017: Live pictures as students get their grades

Thu, August 24, 2017

New GCSE grades will be awarded for the first time today, with just a small proportion of entries expected to score the highest result

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Woody Cook is hugged by his mother, television and radio presenter Zoe Ball after receiving his GCSE results at Brighton College in Brighton

For example, a pupil sitting OCR Chemistry C1, C2 and C3 in June 2016 needed to get 48 out of 60 to get an A*.

But someone taking OCR Chemistry C5, C6 and C7 in June 2016 was only required to get 39 out of 60.  

The new 1-9 grading system has left many parents and pupils scratching their heads over what each number corresponds to on the old scale.

In a bid to clarify what universities and employers should be looking for, Sally Collier, of Ofqual said a grade 4 will translate as a C.

Ms Collier said: "If a student receives a grade 7 today, they could have expected to have received a grade A last year. And if they get a grade 4, they could have expected to get a grade C in 2016.”

Grade boundaries for maths exams were particularly low this year, with many education experts arguing that they were the toughest in decades.

Ofqual revealed that a grade 4 in maths could have been gained with just 18 per cent of the overall marks, while a grade 9 required 79 per cent.

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Graph showing the average GCSE grade boundaries according to Ofqual

What are the GCSE grade boundaries 2017?

The GCSE grade boundaries 2017 are now live on these exam board websites: 

OCR 

Edexcel/Pearson 

AQA

CCEA

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GCSE grade boundaries will be released on results day

What are the new GCSE grades this year?

There is added pressure on students this year due to the introduction of a new GCSE grading system for three subjects. 

Maths, English Language and English Language exams will be scored on a scale from 1-9 rather than the traditional A*-G.

The new grading system will be rolled out to other GCSE subjects over coming years. 

Introduced by former Education Secretary Michael Gove, the new GCSEs are designed to be more challenging, with fewer pupils able to access the highest grades. 

The new assessments will see a reduction in the use of tiered examinations for many subjects.

This year, students of all abilities sat the same English Language and English Literature exams. Maths will remain teired.

But the new GCSE grades have caused a great deal of confusion among employers and universities who are not sure what each number means.

WHAT ARE THE NEW GRADES? 

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