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.

GCSE (legacy specifications) Final award January 2019

A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G
uppercase letters signifies subject level grades

a*, a, b, c, d, e, f, g
lowercase letters signifies notional unit level grades

GCSE (revised specifications)

a, b, c*, c, d, e, f, g
for the January 2019 examination series all results for revised GCSE specifications are lowercase letters for notional unit level grades only - the 1st award of revised GCSE subject level grades is not until Summer 2019.

Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ)

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

Occupational Studies

Level 2

Level 1

Distinction* (*2)
Distinction (D2)
Merit (M2)
Pass (P2)

Distinction (D1)
Merit (M1)
Pass (P1)

NI Key Skills (includes Wider Key Skills)

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


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.


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

Summer 2019 will see the first award of the new C* subject level grades for CCEA’s revised GCSE specifications (first teaching from September 2017). For the January 2019 series candidates can achieve a notional unit level grade c* in both revised GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics. Results in these specifications from January 2019 can count towards a final subject level award in Summer 2019.

Further 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 January 2019 and others not?

Only CCEA’s suite of revised GCSE specifications will award notional unit level grade c*. In January 2019 the only revised GCSE specifications offered are English Language and Mathematics.