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From September 2015, schools in England started teaching new GCSEs which are graded 9–1 instead of A*-G. 9 will be the new top mark.
Read more about how A*-G grades compare to 9-1 grades (PDF, 609KB)
Watch our video comparing A*-G grades to 9-1 grades.
正规体育投注开户Cambridge has been surveying universities to find out they will use the reformed GCSEs. This has shown that, generally, there is no rush to use the new 9-1 GCSE grades in any deterministic way. Students with A*-G graded IGCSEs will not be disadvantaged.
正规体育投注开户It is important to remember that from 2017 to 2019, most students from England will apply to universities with a mix of letter and numeric grades at GCSE or IGCSE. Universities will have to accept a wide range of qualifications, including GCSE letter grades from students in Wales and Northern Ireland. The A*-G awarding scale will therefore continue to be commonplace in applications.
Most universities do not have any entry requirements for specific grades at (I)GCSE, except for requesting a grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and in some cases, Sciences. (I)GCSE grades are just one piece of information that admissions staff consider before making an offer.
Statements from individual universities include:
University of Birmingham正规体育投注开户'I would like to confirm that we will not disadvantage IGCSE students as a result of the changes.'
University of Bristol正规体育投注开户 'Students won’t be disadvantaged'
University of Cambridge'Students will not be disadvantaged'
University of Edinburgh正规体育投注开户 'We will not disadvantage students on the A*-G grading'
Imperial College London 'Students won’t be disadvantaged'
University College London 'happy to provide any assurance needed that those using the current grading system will not be disadvantaged.'
Lancaster University 'I can reassure you that we accept a wide range of qualifications and ensure that the details are benchmarked so that students are not disadvantaged'
Leeds University Medical School正规体育投注开户 'IGCSE students will not be disadvantaged because of the reforms'
University of Manchester正规体育投注开户 'We are committed to maintaining consistent entry requirements and I don’t anticipate any changes to our entry requirements for the IGCSE'
Newcastle University正规体育投注开户 'Whilst we are aware of the forthcoming changes to the GCSE, I hope we are not alone in not having got as far as thinking about benchmarking the new grades against the old. We shall not require a 9 rather than an A* in the case of students undertaking IGCSEs, so please do reassure schools on this point.'
University of Oxford正规体育投注开户 'I cannot see any reason for your IGCSE students to worry that the highest they can score is A*'
University of Reading 'Students won’t be disadvantaged'
Sheffield University 'Students will definitely not be disadvantaged presenting A*-G grades'
University of Southampton 'We still accept the IGCSE as equivalent to the GCSE and will continue to do so without disadvantaging students (and likewise, the International A level).'