Grade boundaries are the minimum marks you need to achieve each grade.
How are key grade boundaries set?
Key grade boundaries (commonly A, C and F) for each component or unit are set by the CCEA awarding committee for each specification. A wide range of information is considered, including reports from the examiners on how candidates answered questions and how these answers compared with those of previous years’ examinations. For each key grade boundary, scripts from previous years representing the quality of work associated with these grades are also considered alongside statistical reports and data. Consideration of all of this information allows the awarding committee to recommend key grade boundaries.
How is the A* grade boundary set?
In the revised GCSE grading method a* is no longer available as a notional unit level grade. An A* is only awarded as a final subject grade. In 2019 the A* boundary for each specification will be set using a formula which awards Grade A* to a calculated percentage of candidates achieving Grade A. This formula aligns with the method used in awarding Grade 9 in the first award of the 9-1 grading system.