This year, we are entering into unchartered territory. The new 9-1 grading system will replace our A*-G and look more similar to the systems of our neighbouring Europeans. This, naturally, doesn’t come without its problems.
Lots of schools have spent a lot of time writing their own “grade descriptors” and made it clear what needs to be done for each subject in order to achieve the highest grades. This is fantastic, but they are, on the whole, quite difficult for some students and parents to get their heads around. This is one of the things we will look at via Combibo Tuition. We want to work with live examples and explain the necessities on a more meaningful level. This way, we believe everyone can achieve.
Many students are now left wondering what is needed to get into their chosen 6th Form College. Most still have a 5 C grade minimum entry requirement, which for many is confusing, as this Summer they will receive numerical maths and English results. Universities such as Manchester, however, have already adapted their websites and requirement information, asking for a minimum grade 4 in place of the old minimum grade C. Ofqual are advising the following:
They have also published the following information:
– broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above
– broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve a grade A and above
– the bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G
– grade 5 will be awarded to around the top third of students gaining the equivalent of a grade C and bottom third of a grade B. This has been defined as a good pass by the Department for Education.
Grade 9s will be saved for the students who achieve an outstanding result in a particular field. This will undoubtedly have influence over Further Education courses- those who strive to achieve the best will be rewarded and highlighted with this system. Grade 8s will be regarded as the A* of the current scale.