GCSE Grading Changes – What do they mean to Employers?

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The grading system for GCSE’s is changing and these changes will affect all 16 year olds leaving school from the summer of 2017.   Which means, in turn, these changes will affect our apprenticeship employers.  #Apprenticeships #Essex

This follows changes that have already been made, the most significant of which is that coursework is no longer allowed as part of the grading system, so from now on nearly all subjects will be assessed by examination.

Employers are familiar with the current grading system of A*, A, B, C, etc., through to G.   The new grading system will be 9 through to 1, with 9 being the top score and 1 being the bottom score!  Not only have we gone from 8 scores to 9 scores but we have also changed the ascending scale to descending, making it extremely difficult to make a direct connection between the old and the new scale.

So, employers will be asking, quite rightly, “what is the new equivalent of the C grade?”   A good question but to which no one has a definitive answer as yet.   We think it is likely that a grade 5 will be considered a ‘pass’ rather like the C grade is now but we are guessing.  However, it should mean the ‘pass’ grade for GCSE’s just got a little harder as the bar has been raised.

Apprenticeships give school leavers, whether they leave at the end of year 11 or stay on for a couple of years, a real alternative to college or university as they can earn while they learn in the work place, gaining that valuable work experience for their CV that so many college and university graduates lack.    It’s not for everyone, of course, but nowadays it is a real choice for those wanting a professional career, especially in IT servicing, a specialism that ITEC has over 30 years’ experience in!

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