Interpreting Your Results

Due to the Minister’s announcement on Monday 17 August 2020, some material in this section will change. We will work to update as soon as possible.

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.

GCE A Level

A*, A, B, C, D, E

GCE AS Level

A, B, C, D, E

GCE A Double Award

A*A*, A*A, AA, AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, DD , DE , EE

GCE AS Double Award

AA, AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, DD , DE , EE


A*, A, B, C*, C, D, E, F, G

GCSE Double Award Science

A*A*, A*A, AA, AB, BB, BC*, C*C*, C*C, CC, CD, DD, DE, EE, EF, FF, FG, GG

VRQ (formerly QCF)

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

Occupational Studies

Level 2

Level 1            








Entry Level

Entry Level 3, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 1


Level 3

What does Q/ X/ U 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.   We have provided your school/college with an explanation for this status.


means incomplete results.  This could be because requirements of the specification have not been met. Please contact your centre for more details.


means ungraded. This means you have not reached the minimum standard required to achieve a grade in the qualification. This result will not be recorded on your certificate.

My name has been mis-spelt on my Provisional 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

Why do some GCSE specifications have a notional c* awarded in summer 2018 and others not?

Only specifications (courses) that are modular will have a notional c* grade awarded. In modular, or unitised qualifications, the specification is divided into different units (modules), with an assessment at the end of each unit. Other specifications/courses are linear, meaning that an examination is only taken at the end of the course of study (usually after 2 years), therefore notional grades are not available.