9-1 Grading Scale Explained
We have recently launched a new series of Edexcel International GCSE (9–1) qualifications, available for first teaching in September 2017. English Language A and B, English Literature and Maths A and B are also available for optional first teaching in September 2016 for schools outside the UK.
To ensure that international students have the same opportunities as students in the UK, these qualifications use a new 9–1 grading scale, instead of the A*–G grading scale that you are used to.
Watch our video about the new updated International GCSE (9-1) and hear from Derek Richardson, Vice President, Responsible Officer.
The new grade 9 represents a new level of attainment and has been introduced to differentiate your top performing students. The bottom of the grade 7 aligns with the bottom of the grade A. There’s also greater differentiation in the middle range of grades, with grades 4 to 5 being equivalent to the old grade B and grade C. The bottom of the grade 4 aligns with the bottom of the grade C. The bottom of the grade 1 aligns with the bottom of the grade G.
The new number grades will be awarded using the same tried and tested procedures that we have always used for the letter (A*–G) grades.
We’ve enhanced our free support for every subject and also developed a new suite of teacher and learner resources designed specifically to support Edexcel International GCSEs (9–1). These resources include textbooks and digital support for a wide range of subjects, all of which are endorsed and reviewed by Pearson Edexcel.
As 9–1 grading has been introduced to GCSEs in England, we felt that it was important for our international GCSE learners to also benefit from the new grading scale.
We know universities will be setting acceptance criteria for GCSEs using the new 9–1 grading scale and we feel it's important that our Edexcel International GCSE qualifications are comparable to the GCSEs.