You need to know about a major change to the way GCSEs are graded

Wednesday, August 9 2017

GCSE results day is fast approaching.

On Thursday August 24, thousands of 15 and 16-year-olds across England will be heading off to their schools desperate to find out the end result of years of preparation and weeks of examinations.

And when they open their envelopes and read their results, they will see one major change to their GCSEs. 

It’s a change that will cause further confusion for thousands of businesses when they start receiving CVs and job applications in just a few days’ time. 

That’s because, for the first time, GCSEs will be ranked on a mixture of letters and numbers.

Maths, English language and English literature will be graded on a numerical scale of 9-1 this summer, while other GCSE subjects will adopt the new grading system by 2019.

This is a dramatic shift from the traditional A*-G system that employers and students alike have become accustomed to.

So what does this mean, apart from a change of letters to numbers?

Well, the grading will be harsher so there will be less grade 9s awarded than A*s currently are. However, it’s expected that the same proportion of students will get at least a grade 4 as would’ve previously got a minimum grade C.

The changes will NOT be happening for students in Wales or Northern Ireland – Scotland’s education system is separate anyway. It will only apply to students in England.

A Levels will also remain unchanged. 

All employers should be aware of these changes and expect different grading systems on resumes depending on when and where the applicant studied. 

The move aims to signal that GCSEs have been reformed and the government believes the new system will better separate students with different abilities.

How can CT Skills help?

This is just one of many complex changes businesses have to cope with when dealing with recruitment and HR. 

CT Skills have more than 20 years’ experience in providing training and recruitment for businesses and people, working across the Midlands to deliver the best for our partners. 

We’re always on-hand with advice, support and dedicated account managers who will inform you about key changes in the industry and help you to be prepared. 

Don’t let anything surprise you. Talk to CT Skills today by calling 0115 9599 544 or emailing

By Jarrad Johnson, PR & Communications Executive