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Edexcel GCSE results explained

Find out more about your Edexcel GCSE results, and read the answers to some frequently asked questions.

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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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Find out more about raw and UMS marks.

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
GCSE units 5
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. 

If you don’t take all of these units you can still cash in, as long as you were put forward for them all. For example, if you studied a unit but chose not to take the exam, you wouldn’t get a mark for that unit but could still get an overall grade. On your results slip this would show with the '#' sign, indicating that the grade for your cash-in is ‘incomplete’ (for example, ‘E#’).

Sometimes illness, injury or other personal circumstances can affect your performance during an assessment. In these cases, it may be possible to issue you with a calculated result or extra marks. This is sometimes referred to as ‘special consideration'.

If you think you may be entitled to special consideration, you should speak to the exams officer at your school or college. They’ll need to make a request on your behalf and send us any supporting documents to help us make a decision. Each case is assessed on its own merit but you can find the guidelines we follow when making our decision on the JCQ website.

Special consideration isn’t shown on the statement of results you’re given by your school or college but is indicated on ResultsPlus Direct by a flag. If you don’t have access to ResultsPlus Direct, you’ll need to check with your exams officer whether special consideration has been applied.
 

We can correct errors such as misspelled names very quickly but you need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college to request any changes.

These requests must come from someone at your centre as we have no way of identifying students who call or email us. If we can’t identify you, we can’t make changes to confidential information.

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