GCSE results day 2017: all you need to know from grade boundaries to whether you can find out scores online

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Sixteen year olds across Britain will wake up to the results of their GCSE grades on Thursday, August 24. It’s a stressful time for everyone involved – schools, pupils and parents – and marks the beginning of the next step towards a young person’s future. As many continue onto education at sixth form schools or colleges, others may decide to embark on an apprenticeship, entering the workplace. 

Here’s everything you need to know about GCSE Results Day, from the grade boundaries to how to access grades online.

When is GCSE results day 2017?

Results Day takes place tomorrow on Thursday August  24, 2017. It marks the summer coming to a close and the start of a new chapter.

What are the grade boundaries?

There are five different exam boards used within every school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The list includes; Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), Council for Curriculum and Examinations Assessment (CCEA), Pearson Edexcel, Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Exams (OCR) and Welsh Joint Examinations Committee (WJEC).

Each exam board has its own grade boundaries. If your marks are within the top end of the boundary, it could be worth getting your paper remarked. This could bump you up a grade… depending on the examiner.

The exam boundaries change annually, you can access them via the links below from 6am on Thursday August 24, 2017:






As of tomorrow, the way in which English Literature, English Language and Maths papers are graded is set to change. The new system will follow a numerical format as opposed to letters. 

• 9, 8 and 7 are equivalent to A* or A

• 6, 5 and 4 are equivalent to B or C

• 3, 2 and 1 are equivalent to D, E, F or G

• A U is equivalent to ungraded

The new grades are set to be a more accurate interpretation of the old system.

Can I find out my results online?

All results are sent directly to the school of the student. They are enclosed in an envelope which must be collected by yourself, unless prior arrangements have been made with the school.

What if I can’t collect from my school on that date?

If you can’t collect your grades from your school on August 24, they can be sent through the post.

Good luck!

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