The introduction of grading for Occupational Studies will show more definite achievement and equivalence with other Level 1 and 2 qualifications, particularly GCSEs. Schools and colleges can use this information for recording achievement and for progression purposes. This should give Occupational Studies greater status when points are added up to support entry to courses post-16.

Occupational Studies Level Grade GCSE Notional Equivalency
Level 2 Distinction/Distinction* A/A*
Merit B
Pass C
Level 1 Distinction D
Merit E
Pass F/G

The qualification specifications will include guidance on how learners can achieve each grade. We will award a Distinction* grade to the top candidates who receive a Distinction at Level 2, equivalent to GCSE grade A*.