Key Stage Maths levels explained

There are three maths papers for both the higher tier and the foundation tier:

Paper 1: Non-calculator (80 marks)

Paper 2: Calculator (80 marks)

Paper 3: Calculator (80 marks)

The new grading structure is as follows:

Old Maths GCSE Grading Structure New Maths GCSE Grading Structure
 Grade for top students
A* 8
A 7
B 6
B-/C+ 5
C 4
D 3
E 2
F/G 1
U U

Grade 4:  Classified as a C grade.  Students who do not obtain a Grade 4 in their GCSE maths exam will be required to resit.  Depending on the education establishment, the resit will either be another GCSE exam or Functional Skills Level 1 or Level 2 maths.

Grade 5:  This is the minimum pass requirement for universities and sixth forms.

Grade 9:  This grade is allocated to the very top tier of students in the country.

In June 2017, the grade boundaries by students who sat the Edexcel maths exams were as follows:

Edexcel Foundation GCSE Maths Grade Boundaries

Foundation tier: Maximum grade possible is Grade 5

 Grade 5 4
 Total Mark 158  122  90  58  26 
 Average Mark per Paper 53  41  30  20 

Edexcel Higher GCSE Maths Grade Boundaries

Higher tier: Graded between Grade 3 up to Grade 9

 Grade 9 8 7 6 5
 Total Mark 190 157 124 96  68  41  27 
 Average Mark per Paper 64 53 42 32  23  14 

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