Changes to GCSE and A levels

Over the last two years, there have been many significant changes to the GCSE and A level courses, exams and grading systems.

Generally speaking, the new courses have wider and more challenging content than in previous years, exams have been made harder and the amount of coursework has been reduced. A new 9-1 grading system has also been introduced for GCSE English and maths. (Information about these changes has already been shared with you at parents’ evenings earlier this year.)

All of these changes mean that this year’s results cannot and should not be compared with those of previous years.

To help you understand these changes further, here are some links to useful documents provided by the ASCL teacher’s union and the Department for Education


GCSE changes

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents/Carers

Frequently Asked Questions for students

Top facts from the DfE about GCSE changes

New GCSE Factsheet


GCSE and A level changes

GCSE changes summary

A level changes summary


If you need further information please contact me at college

Mr Bradley

Deputy Headteacher