How are our Edexcel GCSEs marked and graded?
Our Edexcel GCSEs are marked and graded slightly differently depending on the specification you’ve completed.
Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (1MA0)
For our Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A (1MA0) you take both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the same exam session. Once we’ve marked your work, will add together your scores for each paper and issue an overall grade based on your performance across the two assessments.
The overall grades you can be awarded will depend on the tier you sat:
- Higher tier (Papers 3H and 4H): A*-D (with an ‘allowed E’)
- Foundation tier (Papers 1F and 2F): C-G
If you don't get enough marks across the two papers to achieve a passing grade, you'll be awarded a U which means 'Unclassified'.
All of our other Edexcel GCSE subjects
You’ll be issued an overall (‘cash-in’) UMS mark and grade as well as a UMS mark and grade for each unit. Our Edexcel GCSEs are graded A* to G, although some exam papers are tiered according to ability and so don’t target the full grade range:
- Higher tier: A*-D
- Foundation tier: C-G
If you don't get enough marks in a unit to achieve a passing grade, you'll be awarded a U which means 'Unclassified'.
Your overall qualification grade is calculated by adding together your UMS scores for each unit.