Edexcel GCSE results explained
Find out more about your Edexcel GCSE results, and read the answers to some frequently asked questions.
|Results released||Certificates sent to schools and colleges by:
|Thursday 8 January
Results will be available on ResultsPlus Direct from 9 a.m. BST
|Friday 27 February|
How are Edexcel GCSEs marked and graded?
Our Edexcel GCSEs are marked and graded slightly differently depending on the specification you’ve completed.
Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (1MA0)
For our Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (1MA0) you take both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the same exam session. Once we’ve marked your work, will add together your scores for each paper and issue an overall grade based on your performance across the two assessments.
The overall grades you can be awarded will depend on the tier you sat:
- Higher tier (Papers 3H and 4H): A*-D (with an ‘allowed E’)
- Foundation tier (Papers 1F and 2F): C-G
If you don't get enough marks across the two papers to achieve a passing grade, you'll be awarded a U which means 'Unclassified'.
Edexcel GCSE English and English Language (2EH01 and 2EH01)
The Speaking and Listening component of your Edexcel GCSE in English or English Language doesn’t contribute to your overall GCSE grade. This means you won’t receive any UMS marks for this part of Unit 3.
Instead, we’ll give you a numerical grade from 1 to 5 to indicate how you performed in your Speaking and Listening, with a 5 being the top grade you can achieve.
All of our other Edexcel GCSE subjects
You’ll be issued an overall (‘cash-in’) UMS mark and grade as well as a UMS mark and grade for each unit. Our Edexcel GCSEs are graded A* to G, although some exam papers are tiered according to ability and so don’t target the full grade range:
- Higher tier: A*-D
- Foundation tier: C-G.
If you don't get enough marks in a unit to achieve a passing grade, you'll be awarded a U which means 'Unclassified'.
Your overall qualification grade is calculated by adding together your UMS scores for each unit.
The 'raw' mark is the actual mark you achieve on an exam or controlled assessment.
UMS stands for ‘Uniform Mark Scale’ and the UMS mark is a conversion of your raw mark used to indicate how well you did in a unit of a GCSE. UMS marks are not used in our Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A specification (1MA0).
In qualifications made up of units, different components can be taken at different times throughout the course. Question papers and controlled assessments may vary slightly in difficulty from year to year. For example, a score of 53 raw marks in one paper for one exam session might represent the same level of achievement as a raw mark of 49 in the following exam session. The Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) ensures that these two raw marks receive the same value when contributing to the final grade.
If you would like to know your raw mark for a particular unit, you will need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college or use our mark converter.
Our Edexcel GCSE units and cash-ins each have a unique code. You can tell whether your grade is for a unit or a cash-in by looking at the first number:
|Unit/cash-in code||Begins with|
|Overall GCSE (cash-in)||2|
|Overall GCSE (Short course) (cash-in)||3|
We calculate your overall grade by adding together the UMS marks you achieved for each of your individual units.