What to do if…your Maths or English grades aren’t what you expected

A reminder for parents – grade numbers not letters

Following changes in GCSEs in 2017, there is now a numerical system which grades students from one to nine in each subject. The bottom of a grade 7 is equivalent to the bottom of a grade A, for example, and the bottom of grade 4 is equivalent to the bottom of a grade C. The bottom of a 1 is aligned to the bottom of a G.

Why a grade 4 is important for Maths and English

In the GCSE number grading system a 4 is roughly equivalent to an old C and is likely to be requested as a minimum by schools and colleges to move on to study at a higher level. Some courses may even ask for higher grades so check carefully and universities typically have minimum English and maths requirements, whatever subject you’re taking. Employers – be that for a part-time job now, or a full-time job several years later – may also ask for these grades.

If you missed out on a grade 4

If it’s by a narrow margin speak immediately to the sixth form or college you hope to attend. In some cases you may be let onto the course regardless, or they may offer classes to prepare you to retake these GCSEs or offer alternative courses. If classes are not available with them it may be worth checking other local colleges to see if they offer additional classes.

If you decide to retake, you have to retake all the units in the next exam season in order to be awarded a new grade, but speak to one of your careers or teaching staff on results day first of all who can advise you of all of the exact re-sit options.

You might want to consider applying for a review of marking if you think there was an error with the marking of your paper. Reviews of marking are available for a short period of time after you have received your results – but please note that once you have received a grade from a review, it is final. Your original grade will not count, even if it is higher. If there’s any doubt about the grade you have been awarded talk to your teachers as they can begin the process of submitting a marking review for you.

The deadline for enquiries about results for GCSE is Thursday, September 19, 2019. 

 What next…

 There are a number of different options for you to explore from vocational courses to A-levels, apprenticeships or employment. On results day there will be teaching and careers staff on hand for you to talk to, but if you want to talk to someone impartially and confidentially you can contact the National Careers Service who can offer advice via a webchat or a phone call. You can call them on 0800 100 900 and advisers are available 7 days a week between 8am and 10pm. For a webchat you will need to register at this link – https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/webchat/chat/ and they are also available on Twitter at @ExamResults2019

Any Thistley Hough Academy parents or pupils with questions or queries about GCSE results day can call 01782 883500 or emailenquiries@thistleyhoughacademy.org.uk

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