What is the Change?

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.

Summer 2017

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.

Summer 2018

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.

Summer 2019

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.