Grade descriptors for the new science GCSEs – now you have all the information you need

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This vital information might have passed you by – a cynic could suggest that is why this information was released on the last week of term without much of a fanfare.  Grade boundaries must be one of the most commonly asked questions about the new GCSEs.

The information is here so now we have all the information we need to accurately predict our GCSE grades for the new spec GCSEs.  The more observant amongst you may realise the significance of the graphic above.

Grade descriptors for the new GCSEs can be found here.  I’ve blogged before about the difficulty in predicting GCSE grades but you know the government was listening to our concerns by the extreme level of detail in the information they released.  To save you the effort of clicking a link I’ve reproduced this information below.

Happy predicting!

Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1: single science (biology, chemistry and physics) and combined science

1.Grades 8 and 8-8

1.1 To achieve Grades 8 and 8-8 candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate relevant and comprehensive knowledge and understanding and apply these correctly to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts using accurate scientific terminology
  • use a range of mathematical skills to perform complex scientific calculations
  • critically analyse qualitative and quantitative data to draw logical, well-evidenced conclusions
  • critically evaluate and refine methodologies, and judge the validity of scientific conclusions

2.Grades 5 and 5-5

2.1 To achieve Grades 5 and 5-5 candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate mostly accurate and appropriate knowledge and understanding and apply these mostly correctly to familiar and unfamiliar contexts, using mostly accurate scientific terminology
  • use appropriate mathematical skills to perform multi-step calculations
  • analyse qualitative and quantitative data to draw plausible conclusions supported by some evidence
  • evaluate methodologies to suggest improvements to experimental methods, and comment on scientific conclusions

3.Grades 2 and 2-2

3.1 To achieve Grades 2 and 2-2 candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate some relevant scientific knowledge and understanding using limited scientific terminology
  • perform basic calculations
  • draw simple conclusions from qualitative or quantitative data
  • make basic comments relating to experimental methods