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Welcome to GCSE Revision Buddy a FREE website for educational support in the build up of your GCSE's during secondary school. Homework help with downloads, links and videos to support learning in KS3 & KS4.

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Why GCSE Revision Buddy?

GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are a set of exams taken by students in the UK at the age of 16, generally after completing their secondary education. These exams are important as they determine a student's eligibility for further education, such as A-levels, vocational qualifications or apprenticeships. At GCSE Revision Buddy we offer FREE support in learning during secondary education for the preparation of GCSEs.

GCSE grading system explained

The GCSE grading system in the UK is a numerical grading system from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest grade. The grades are designed to reflect the level of attainment of the student in a particular subject.

Here is a breakdown of the GCSE grading system:

  • Grade 9: This is the highest grade that can be achieved and represents exceptional performance.
  • Grades 7-8: These grades are considered to be higher grades and indicate a strong performance in the subject.
  • Grades 4-6: These grades are considered to be standard passes and indicate a good level of achievement in the subject.
  • Grades 1-3: These grades are considered to be below standard passes and indicate that the student has not achieved the minimum level required to pass the subject.

In some subjects, a grade U (unclassified) may be awarded if the student does not meet the minimum requirements for a grade 1. However, most subjects have now been reformed so that U grades are no longer awarded and a minimum grade of 1 is required.

It's worth noting that the grading system for some subjects may be slightly different, and it's important to check with your school or the relevant exam board for specific details.