Over the next few years a new GCSE Grading system is being introduced.
Rather than being graded A* to G, students will be graded 9-1. The diagram below summarises how the new numeric grades are expected to line up with the old alphabetic grades.
As you can see the A* and A bracket has been split into 9 to 7 grades. This is intended to allow the very best students to distinguish themselves. At the point of writing we are expecting only 2% of entries to get the very top grade as opposed to nearly 7% who were previously getting an A*.
Grades 6 to 4 match to the existing grades B and C. Whilst we expect that 5 grade 4s will be enough to progress onto most Further Education courses, There is likely to be some movement in this with some courses requiring grade 5 and above.