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 will receive A*-G qualifications, and will see no change in the way their GCSEs are graded.

There will be a few learners receiving 9-1 grades. These learners will have taken one of a small number of 9-1 graded GCSEs available.

Summer 2018

In summer 2018, the majority of learners will receive A*-G qualifications, and will see no change in the way their GCSEs are graded.

More 9-1 graded subjects will be introduced and more learners will receive 9-1 grades.

Summer 2019

In summer 2019, the grading will change for all CCEA GCSE qualifications. The vast majority of leaners 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.