Interpreting Your Results


What grades are available in each qualification?

On your Provisional Statement of Results you will see a number of grades, letters, numbers and symbols.  The following table shows the grades available for each qualification.

GCE A Level

A*, A, B, C, D, E

GCE AS Level

A, B, C, D, E

GCE A Double Award

A*A*, A*A, AA, AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, DD , DE , EE

GCE AS Double Award

AA, AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, DD , DE , EE


A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G

GCSE Applied

A*A*, A*A, AA, AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, DD, DE, EE, EF, FF, FG, GG

GCSE Double Award Science

A*A*, A*A, AA, AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, DD, DE, EE, EF, FF, FG, GG

VRQ (formerly QCF)

Level 3, Level 2, Level 1, Entry Level 3, Entry Level 2

Occupational Studies

Level 2

Level 1



NI Key Skills (includes Wider Key Skills)

Pass, Level Not Achieved (LNA) for each Level: 
Level 2, Level 1

Entry Level

Entry Level 3, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 1


Level 3


What does U / Q / X Grade mean?


means query. There may be circumstances when your results are incomplete because of a query over some or all of your results. If this is the case, a Q will be reported on your provisional statement of Results until the query is investigated and resolved. Once a query is resolved, you will be issued with an updated result.


means incomplete results. This could be because requirements of the specification have not been met. Please contact your centre for more details. An X in CoPE means that you were absent.


means ungraded. This means you have not reached the minimum standard required to achieve a grade in the qualification or have zero marks or were absent. This result will not be recorded on your certificate.


On a GCE statement, what is the letter in brackets beside the uniform marks?

This is the notional grade achieved in the unit.

The notional grade is an indication of how you have performed on an individual unit and not the overall grade awarded in the qualification.

Further details of the relationship between uniform marks and notional grades are available on


My name has been mis-spelt on my statement of results. Can I get this changed?

Yes. Please ask the Examinations Officer at your centre to contact our Entries section to make this change. It is essential that your Examinations Officer contacts us as soon as possible before the certificates are issued. After your certificate is issued it will not be possible to change the name on it.


A* grade at A Level: your questions answered

Awarding A* at A Level Grading Criteria (Revised A Level specifications - 1st award Summer 2018) 216.9 KB - uploaded 15-08-2018

Awarding A* at A Level Grading Criteria (Legacy) 115.9 KB - uploaded 15-08-2018


My GCSE statement of results carries a c* grade in one of my units. What is a c* grade?

Summer 2019 will see the new C* grade awarded for CCEA GCSE specifications (first taught from September 2017). However, this summer a notional c* grade will be awarded for modular units only. This c* grade is not a final/qualification grade. More information on grade changes in Northern Ireland, including a video outlining the changes, can be found here.


Why do some GCSE specifications have a notional c* awarded in summer 2018 and others not?

Only specifications (courses) that are modular will have a notional c* grade awarded. In modular, or unitised qualifications, the specification is divided into different units (modules), with an assessment at the end of each unit. Other specifications/courses are linear, meaning that an examination is only taken at the end of the course of study (usually after 2 years), therefore notional grades are not available.