This dedicated GCSE grade boundaries page displays the grade boundaries for AQA, Edexcel and OCR GCSEs. Have a look at all of the GCSE English, Science and Maths grade boundaries below to find out what grade you would have achieved on the past paper you have completed.
GCSE Grades Explained
The GCSE 9-1 grading system has now been about for a few years but for students or parents who are new to this then this short explanation may help. GCSE’s are now graded 9-1 with 9 effectively being a grade above the old A*. A level 4 is now considered as a low C grade and a 5 a high C grade, or low B grade. Level 6 is a solid B, 7 an A grade and a level 8 an A*. The foundation papers for each subject are graded from 5-1 and the higher papers from 9-3. If on a higher paper a student falls below the grade boundary of a level 3, they will achieve a U which stands for unclassified.
For students who are aiming for a level 4 or 5 in Maths or Science, determining which paper, foundation or higher, is most appropriate will be a discussion to have with your school and parents. The GCSE grade boundaries for a level 4 or 5 are higher in the foundation papers but these papers are significantly easier than the higher tier papers, so it just depends on the guidance your school gives as to which paper you are likely to sit.