Edexcel GCSE results explained
Find out more about your Edexcel GCSE results, and read the answers to some frequently asked questions.
|Exam session||Results released||Certificates sent to schools and colleges by:|
Wednesday 23 August 2023
|7th November 2023|
Thursday 24 August 2023
Results are released on ResultsPlus Direct from 9am (UK time) to students who've been registered for the service. If you don't have login details for ResultsPlus Direct, you'll need to check with your school or college to find out what time your results will be ready to collect.
How are Edexcel GCSEs marked and graded?
Our Edexcel GCSEs are marked and graded slightly differently depending on the specification you’ve completed. You can find out more below.
Updated GCSE (9–1) qualifications (first teaching from 2016 and 2017) use a 9–1 grading scale, with 9 being the highest grade. Instead of separate modules that you can take at any time, all exams for GCSE 9-1 are taken at the end of the course.
GCSE French, German and Spanish, Maths and Sciences and are tiered, which means you can take either foundation or higher level.
GCSE French, German and Spanish, Maths and Biology, Chemistry and Physics use a 9–1 grading scale. Grades 5–1 are available for foundation tier and for higher tier, grades 9–4 are available (however if the overall result is slightly below the 4 grade boundary, a grade 3 may be awarded).
You'll be issued an overall subject mark and grade for the qualification.
If you wish to improve your grade, you will need to resit all papers of the qualification.
You’ll be issued a UMS mark and grade for each unit. When you complete the course your school or college will ask us to add your unit UMS scores together to calculate your overall GCSE grade - this is called ‘cashing in’.
Modular GCSE qualifications (cash-ins) are graded A* to G.
If you don't get enough marks to pass with a G, you'll be awarded a U which means 'Unclassified'.
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. UMS marks are not used in our linear GCSE qualifications.
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 modular 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.
Understanding marks and grades
- 9-1 awarding FAQs
- Calculating your overall BTEC grade: Information for students
- Using the BTEC grade calculator
- GCSE and A level marks and grades
- Converting marks, points and grades
- Onscreen, on-demand test results
Understanding your results
- GCSE results explained
- A level results explained
- Edexcel Certificate results explained
- International GCSE results explained
- International Advanced Level results explained
- Functional Skills results explained
- Project results explained
- BTEC results explained
- Special requirements: Information for students and parents
- Edexcel International Primary and Lower Secondary Curriculum results explained