Changes to GCSE grading in Northern Ireland will happen from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2019.
Learners in Northern Ireland can access Letter (A*-G) and Number (9-1) graded GCSEs. Learners can access 9-1 graded qualifications from AQA, OCR, Pearson or Eduqas (a part of WJEC).
WJEC qualifications will continue to use the original A*-G grading model and will no longer be available to learners in Northern Ireland. WJEC will offer 9-1 graded qualifications through its subsidiary company, Eduqas.
In summer 2017, almost all learners received A*-G qualifications, and saw no change in the way their GCSEs were graded.
Some learners received 9-1 grades. These learners took one of a small number of 9-1 graded GCSEs available.
In summer 2018, the majority of learners received A*-G qualifications, and saw no change in the way their GCSEs were graded.
More 9-1 graded subjects were introduced and more learners received 9-1 grades.
In summer 2019, the grading will change for all CCEA GCSE qualifications. The vast majority of learners will notice a change in the way that GCSEs are graded. The C* will appear in the grading for the first time and there will be a decrease in the number of learners achieving an A* overall.
Almost all other GCSEs will be graded 9-1. By summer 2020, the remaining 9-1 graded subjects will be introduced.