GCSE grades range from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. According to Ofqual, the exam regulator, grade 7 is equivalent to an A, grade 8 is a strong A, and grade 9 is an A*. Grade 4 is a standard pass and is equivalent to a C, while grade 5 is a strong pass and is also equivalent to a C. Grade 6 is equivalent to a B.

In terms of percentages, grade 4 requires 56-66%, grade 5 requires 67-77%, and grade 6 requires 78-88%. Overall, 67% of GCSE grades awarded in all subjects were from 9th to 4th grade. However, the percentage of students who reach grades 9-4 in mathematics is lower than the percentage who receive grades 9-4 in all subjects. The GCSE exams will be held in May and June as usual, and the examining boards have already published their summer final exam schedules. A grade 5 was the most common individual grade level achieved by GCSE students, accounting for 17.1 percent of all entries. A consultation was conducted with more than 6,000 students and parents, and it showed that more than 90% of them were in favor of giving advance information about the approach to exams next summer to support students with the review.

Additionally, 80% or more were in favor of offering topic options in some GCSE subjects.