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What's the national picture of Science GCSE results today?

24 August 2017

Congratulations to students who have received the results of their GCSEs today! 

This is the last year Science GCSEs will be graded A*-G before moving to the reformed GCSEs graded 1-9. We take a look at what science teachers might expect with the results of the new specifications next summer. 

Main points on Science GCSEs 2017: 

  • The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has reported that entries in the Science GCSE dropped 27.6 percent (408,569 to 295,889). This has been attributed to the reduction of early entries of 15 year olds. These students are waiting to take the reformed Double Science GCSE in 2018. [1]
  • Top science grades (A*-A) are down by 1.8% and achievement of A*-C has dropped by 4.9%. This has been linked to the fall in early entries, with the higher performing students waiting for the reformed GCSE next year. [2]
  • Entries in Triple Science remains stable. 

New GCSEs Overview 

  • The proportion of students getting 4’s in the reformed GCSEs is similar to the achievement of the C grade in 2016. This suggests that there is no change in the grade boundaries. However, JCQ have urged caution in making year on year comparisons.
  • There has been a move away from the iGCSE because it is not included in performance measurements.
  • We also note that grading in Wales and Northern Ireland will remain as A*-G 

Anchoring of grades 

A = 7

C = 4

G = 1


[1] JCQ Press Release Summer 2017 

[2] Ibid