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 Edexcel GCSE results explained 

This page provides help with understanding your Edexcel GCSE results, including information on how to get a copy of your exam paper and an explanation of how re-marking works.


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How are our Edexcel GCSEs marked and graded?

Our Edexcel GCSEs are marked and graded slightly differently depending on the specification you’ve completed. Check out the subject specific information below for information on Edexcel GCSEs completed in November 2013.


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'.


Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics B (2MB01)

Our Edexcel GCSE Mathematics B course is made up of 3 units which are weighted as follows:

Unit title Assessment type Weighting
Unit 1: Statistics and Probability Exam

30%

Unit 2: Number, Algebra, Geometry 1 Exam

30%

Unit 3: Number, Algebra, Geometry 2 Exam

40%

You’ll be issued a UMS mark and grade for each unit and then when you complete the course you’ll ‘cash in’ to get an overall GCSE grade. Each exam paper is tiered and you can take different tiers for different units. Each unit is graded as follows:

  • Higher tier: A*-D (with an ‘allowed E’)
  • 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 is graded A*-G and the grade is calculated by adding together your UMS scores for each unit. If you don't get enough marks across the three units to achieve a G grade, you'll be awarded a U which means 'Unclassified'.

Which unit mark was used to calculate my overall grade?

November 2013 was the last opportunity for you to resit individual units from our Edexcel GCSE Mathematics B specification. If you’ve resat some units, the UMS score used toward your overall grade will depend on your individual circumstances. There are two rules we need to consider when calculating an overall grade for our unitised Edexcel GCSEs.

These are:

  • you must complete 40% of the course in the exam session you ask us to calculate an overall grade (this is sometimes called the ‘terminal requirement’)
  • if a resit makes up part of this 40%, any previous attempts of the unit will be ignored

The table below shows possible scenarios and the outcome.

Units resat Outcome
Unit 1 only

No overall grade awarded.

Unit 1 comprises 30% of the qualification and therefore does not meet the terminal requirement.

Unit 2 only

No overall grade awarded.

Unit 2 comprises 30% of the qualification and therefore does not meet the terminal requirement.

Unit 3 only

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in Unit 3 will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether the UMS score is lower than a previous attempt.

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Unit 1 and Unit 2

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in both units will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether either UMS score lower than previous attempts.

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Unit 1 and Unit 3

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in Unit 3 will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether the UMS score is lower than a previous attempt.

The UMS score for Unit 1 will only go towards your new grade if it is higher than any previous attempts (i.e. your best result for this unit will go forward).

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Unit 2 and Unit 3

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in Unit 3 will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether the UMS score is lower than a previous attempt.

The UMS score for Unit 2 will only go towards your new grade if it is higher than any previous attempts (i.e. your best result for this unit will go forward).

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Units 1, 2 and 3

Overall grade awarded.

All three units or any of the ‘overall grade awarded’ combinations from above could be used towards your overall grade, depending on your previous performance. If you’re unsure, please speak to the Exams Officer at your school or college who will be able to check which units were used.

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Pearson Edexcel GCSEs in English (2EN01) and English Language (2EH01)

Our Edexcel GCSEs in English and English Language are each made up of 3 units which are weighted as follows:

English

English Language

Unit title Assessment type Weighting
Unit 1: English today Controlled assessment

20%

Unit 2: The writer's craft Exam

40%

Unit 3: Creative responses Controlled assessment

40%

Unit title Assessment type Weighting
Unit 1: English today Controlled assessment

20%

Unit 2: The writer's voice Exam

40%

Unit 3: The spoken language Controlled assessment

40%

You’ll be issued a UMS mark and grade for each unit and then when you complete the course you’ll ‘cash in’ to get an overall GCSE grade. For Unit 2 (the exam) the highest and lowest passing grades you can achieve depends on the tier you’ve taken:

  • Higher tier: A*-D (with an ‘allowed E’)
  • Foundation tier: C-G

For Units 1 and 3, the full range of passing grades (A*-G) are available. 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 is graded A*-G and the grade is calculated by adding together your UMS scores for each unit. If you don't get enough marks across the three units to achieve a G grade, you'll be awarded a U which means 'Unclassified'.

Which unit mark was used to calculate my overall grade?

November 2013 was the last opportunity for you to resit individual units from our Edexcel GCSEs in English and English Language. If you’ve resat some units, the UMS score used toward your overall grade will depend on your individual circumstances. There are two rules we need to consider when calculating an overall grade for our unitised Edexcel GCSEs.

These are:

  • you must complete 40% of the course in the exam session you ask us to calculate an overall grade for(this is sometimes called the ‘terminal requirement’)
  • if a resit makes up part of this 40%, any previous attempts of the unit will be ignored

The table below shows possible scenarios and the outcome.

Units resat Outcome
Unit 1 only

No overall grade awarded.

Unit 1 comprises 20% of the qualification and therefore does not meet the terminal requirement.

Unit 2 only

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in Unit 2 will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether the UMS score is lower than a previous attempt.

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Unit 3 only

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in Unit 3 will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether the UMS score is lower than a previous attempt.

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Unit 1 and Unit 2

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in Unit 2 will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether the UMS score is lower than a previous attempt.

The UMS score for Unit 1 will only go towards your new grade if it is higher than any previous attempts (i.e. your best result for this unit will go forward).

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Unit 1 and Unit 3

Overall grade awarded.

The UMS score you achieve in Unit 3 will be used to calculate a new overall grade regardless of whether the UMS score is lower than a previous attempt.

The UMS score for Unit 1 will only go towards your new grade if it is higher than any previous attempts (i.e. your best result for this unit will go forward).

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Unit 2 and Unit 3

Overall grade awarded.

At least one of these units will be used to calculate a new overall grade but the units used will depend on your previous performance. If you’re unsure, please speak to the Exams Officer at your school or college who will be able to check which units were used.

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

Units 1, 2 and 3

Overall grade awarded.

All three units or any of the ‘overall grade awarded’ combinations from above could be used towards your overall grade, depending on your previous performance. If you’re unsure, please speak to the Exams Officer at your school or college who will be able to check which units were used.

If we’ve previously awarded you a higher overall grade, this grade doesn’t replace that but will appear on your new certificate.

All 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.

Our Edexcel GCSE units and cash-ins each have a unique code – you can tell whether your grade is for a unit or a cash-in by looking at the first number:

Unit/cash-in code Begins with
GCSE units 5
GCSE cash-ins 2
GCSE (Short course) cash-ins 3

We calculate your overall grade by adding together the UMS marks you achieved for each of your individual units.

What are raw and UMS marks?

The 'raw' mark is the actual mark you achieve on an exam or controlled assessment.

UMS stands for ‘Uniform Mark Scale’ and the UMS mark is a conversion of your raw mark used to indicate how well you did in a unit of a modular GCSE.

In modular qualifications, units can be taken at different times throughout the course. Question papers and controlled assessments may vary slightly in difficulty from year to year. For example, a score of 53 raw marks in one paper for one exam session might represent the same level of achievement as a raw mark of 49 in the following exam session. The Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) ensures that these two raw marks receive the same value when contributing to the final grade.

If you would like to know your raw mark for a particular unit, you will need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college or use our mark converter.

Find out more about raw and UMS marks

What does a '#' mean next to my overall grade?

If you don’t take all of these units you can still cash in, as long as you were put forward for them all. For example, if you studied a unit but chose not to take the exam, you wouldn’t get a mark for that unit but could still get an overall grade. On your results slip this would show with the '#' sign, indicating that the grade for your cash-in is ‘incomplete’ (for example, ‘E#’).

Can you take personal circumstances into account when calculating my grade?

Sometimes illness, injury or other personal circumstances can affect your performance during an assessment. In these cases, it may be possible to issue you with a calculated result or extra marks. This is sometimes referred to as ‘special consideration'.

If you think you may be entitled to special consideration, you should speak to the exams officer at your school or college. They’ll need to make a request on your behalf and send us any supporting documents to help us make a decision. Each case is assessed on its own merit but you can find the guidelines we follow when making our decision on the JCQ website.

Special consideration isn’t shown on the statement of results you’re given by your school or college but is indicated on ResultsPlus Direct by a flag. If you don’t have access to ResultsPlus Direct, you’ll need to check with your exams officer whether special consideration has been applied.

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Some of my personal details are incorrect on my results slip. What can I do?

We can correct errors such as misspelled names very quickly but you need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college to request any changes.

These requests must come from someone at your centre as we have no way of identifying students who call or email us. If we can’t identify you, we can’t make changes to confidential information.

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Can I get my exam paper re-marked?

Yes - speak to the exams officer at your school or college, who will ask us to review the marking of your question paper on your behalf.

Is a re-mark the best option for me?

Before deciding to request a re-mark we’d recommend you speak to your teacher. They may have additional information on how you performed during your assessment and be able to provide you with guidance.

The majority of re-mark requests do not result in a change to a grade, simply because the re-mark has shown that the original grade was accurate. However, it is possible that your grade could go up, go down or stay the same.

If your grade goes down, you cannot reject the re-mark and go back to the original grade. The only way to improve your grade would be to re-sit the exam.

What does a re-mark involve?

Your marked question paper will be reviewed by a senior examiner, who will check your answers against the mark scheme. This senior examiner won’t have marked your paper before. Once your paper has been re-marked, we will do a clerical check to make sure that:

  • everything you have written has been marked
  • all of the marks have been added up to give the correct total mark
  • we’ve entered your total mark correctly on our systems
  • any special consideration has been taken into account (if it was applied for before the exam).

You can request that we only perform the clerical check. This will cost less than having a full re-mark.

How long will it take to get my paper re-marked?

We aim to have the result of your re-mark back to you within 30 days, but if you miss the deadline you will not be able to have your paper re-marked.

How much does a re-mark cost?

Your school or college may ask you to pay for your re-mark before they submit your application. The table below shows the amount we charge to process each type of re-mark, the deadline for applications and when you can expect an outcome.

Service Deadline to apply Cost* When will I receive the
outcome of my re-mark?
Standard re-mark
(EAR2)
6 February £23.20 Within 30 days
Clerical check
(EAR1)
6 February £10.30 Within 30 days

*Price indicates how much we charge schools and colleges requesting these services within the UK. The cost charged by your school or college may vary and will be different for students outside of the UK.

Can I get a refund for a re-mark if my mark changes?

We don't refund students or parents directly but you may be able to request a refund from your school or college if:

  • the outcome of your re-mark results in a change in your overall grade for your GCSE
  • you haven't been issued an overall grade but your unit grade changes as a result of your re-mark (modular GCSEs only)

The refund policy for re-marks is agreed jointly by the major UK awarding organisations.

What if I'm still unhappy with my grade after a re-mark?

If you're still not satisfied after a re-mark, you can ask your centre to appeal on your behalf. Appeals do not normally involve marking your work a second time, but work will be marked once again if there is evidence that the correct procedure wasn’t followed in the original re-mark.

Your centre has 14 days after receiving the outcome of your re-mark to appeal. We can't process appeal requests after this deadline.

You can find out more about the appeals process on the JCQ website.

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Can I see my answers/get a copy of my marked exam paper?

Yes - speak to the exams officer at your school or college, who will ask us to return your marked question paper on your behalf. This service is sometimes called an ‘Access to Script’ request.

What information is shown on my marked question paper?

Your marked question paper will indicate the number of marks you received for each question but may not show much more detail, such as which part of your answer was awarded credit. Our examiners don't usually annotate question papers while marking.

You'll need to speak to your teacher in order to get a copy of the mark scheme or for additional help interpreting where you've been awarded marks.

Can I see my marked question paper before requesting a re-mark?

No. We've agreed with the other awarding organisations that we won't offer this service to GCSE students.

This is to ensure that all students are offered the same services, regardless of which awarding organisation they completed their qualification with.

If you request a copy of your exam paper, it will be sent to your school or college after the re-mark deadline. If you think you might want to get your exam paper re-marked you should discuss this with your teacher as they are in the best position to advise you.

How much does it cost to get a copy of my marked question paper?

The table below shows the deadlines for applying for each service and the amount we charge to process access to script requests.

Service Deadline to apply Cost* When will I get my question paper back?
Standard access to script 20 February £7.75 After the re-mark deadline
Post re-mark access to script 20 February £7.75 Once your re-mark has been completed
 
*Price indicates how much we charge schools and colleges requesting these services within the UK. The cost charged by the school or college and to students outside of the UK may vary.

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Can I get my controlled assessment back?

Yes. You can ask your centre to return any project, coursework or controlled assessments.

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Can I get my controlled assessment re-marked?

It's not normally possible for you to ask us to look at your controlled assessment work again, as we can't re-moderate controlled assessment for an individual.

How are controlled assessments marked?

Your teacher marks all project work, coursework and controlled assessment. It is then moderated, meaning that Edexcel requests a sample of your teacher’s marked work and we check that we agree with their assessment.

Moderation is necessary to make sure that all students have their coursework assessed according to the same standards. Most of the time, your teacher’s marks will be approved and accepted unchanged. However, sometimes marks are reduced or raised, if your teacher’s marking was judged to have been too lenient or too harsh.

If you think that the mark on your results slip is not the mark your teacher gave you, please check with your teacher to see what happened to marks after moderation. If Edexcel did not adjust your mark, talk to your teacher or exams officer and they’ll get in touch with us. If we did adjust your mark, your teacher will need to decide if they want to send back all of the work from your school or college for re-moderation.

What happens if I'm unhappy with my mark for a controlled assessment?

We can't re-moderate a controlled assessment for an individual or re-moderate work where we didn't change your teacher's mark. Controlled assessments can be re-moderated if we changed the marks given by your teacher, but it is down to your school to decide whether to request this.

Your school or college will need to base their decision as to whether to request re-moderation on what is best for the majority of students. When we receive a request for re-moderation, the work of all students originally entered at your school or college goes through the moderation process again. This means that changes made to grades during re-moderation may affect all students who submitted work. If your school has decided not to submit controlled assessments for re-moderation, you will need to discuss this directly with them as we can’t overturn their decision.

The rules around marking and re-marking coursework and controlled assessments are agreed jointly by the major UK awarding organisations. They are in place to ensure that all students are treated equally, regardless of the awarding organisation used for their subject.

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Can I resit an exam unit/resubmit a controlled assessment?

It is no longer possible to resit individual GCSEs units in order to improve your overall grade. Instead you’ll now need to retake all exam units in order for us to award a new grade.

The rules for resubmitting controlled assessments vary by subject. So, if you decide to retake your qualification, you'll need to check with your teacher to see whether you can improve your existing work or will need to complete a different task.

What is the difference between resitting an exam and retaking the qualification?

Resitting usually refers to retaking an individual exam or unit. Retaking a qualification means that you start again, redoing all of the exams.

If you decide to retake the qualification, you may be able to carry forward your grades for controlled assessments but you'll need to double check with your teacher that this is possible.

 

Important dates

Results released:

Thursday 21 August

Certificates sent to schools and colleges:

By Friday 31 October


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