# 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 | 9 |

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 |
3 |
2 |
1 |

Total Mark | 158 | 122 | 90 | 58 | 26 |

Average Mark per Paper | 53 | 41 | 30 | 20 | 9 |

Edexcel Higher GCSE Maths Grade Boundaries

**Higher tier:** Graded between Grade 3 up to Grade 9

Grade |
9 |
8 |
7 |
6 |
5 |
4 |
3 |

Total Mark | 190 | 157 | 124 | 96 | 68 | 41 | 27 |

Average Mark per Paper | 64 | 53 | 42 | 32 | 23 | 14 | 9 |