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GCSE English and Maths Update

As you may already know, GCSE maths and English exams have been replaced by a grading system this year.  Please be reassured that we aim to offer support for our GCSE Maths and English students to complete any missed course assessments that will help to inform GCSE grades. Our tutors are continuing to work with students of all ages and levels, providing a variety of support through online tuition, Moodle resources, interactive learning packages and directed support from specialist tutors. 


For further guidance regarding GCSE grading, please take a look at the Ofqual video on this page that explains the grading process in greater detail. 


The links below will also direct you to government information relating to GCSE grading this year:

Bolton College GCSE Exams Update

Message from Ofqual for GCSE Students

Ofqual guidance for students, parents and carers about Summer Grades 2020

English & maths - Part of Life’s Essentials

We all need to use English and maths more of the time, for that precious next job, that next step towards university, to help children with homework or to challenge that big electricity bill. At Bolton College, we can help and support you to gain qualifications in English and maths, whether you are a young person aged 16 to 18 or an adult, and whatever stage you are working at. 


Developing your English skills can improve your reading, writing and verbal communication skills. This can help you write a letter or, job applications and build your confidence in speaking to new people.  


When you develop your skills it will help you to apply practical maths when you are out shopping and budgeting for household bills. You may already have maths skills, but you don’t have a qualification to prove it which limits your potential when searching for jobs or trying for a promotion.

Did you know?

 The new grading system for GCSEs has now come into effect. It allows for better differentiation between students of different abilities. The old A*-G grading system is going through the process of being replaced with a numeric 9 to 1 grading scale, with 9 being the top grade.  


Under the new system, a grade 4 and above is the equivalent to a C and above, with grade 5 counting as a high ‘C’ and grade 4 as a low ‘C’. Only grade 5 and above counts as a ‘good pass’, but the government has stressed that where employers, further education providers and universities previously accepted a grade C, they would expect them to continue recognising a grade 4.   


Grade 9 are awarded for exceptional performance. Fewer grade 9s are awarded than A*s.

High achieving students are awarded a grade 8 or 7.  


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