Grade boundaries

These are the scaled marks required to achieve grades. They are listed here for each subject, component, module and unit for each exams series.

Please note that this page does not relate to the uniform marks shown on results slips. If you are a student, please see the UMS/points grade boundaries table instead.


Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Since January 2013, Ofqual has required us to allocate separate marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar in GCSE English Literature, Geography, History and Religious Studies. This means the maximum raw mark for some units in these subjects is higher than in June 2012. As a result, the grade boundaries for these subjects may show similar increases as well as differences which reflect variations in the level of demand between papers. For details of the number of raw marks, please see the maximum scaled marks in the GCSE grade boundaries document below.

Support available for awarding grades

Being able to provide grades to students is often regarded as an important way to monitor performance and recognise achievement.

While the actual grade boundaries set by the awarding committee are, by necessity, subject to change, the assessment criteria will always remain the same. Teachers can rely on this, along with their experience of previous years' students and their professional judgement to mark students' work accordingly.


Current grade boundaries and archive

Students: you can't use the pdfs below to work out your grade from your results slip, because your results slip shows UMS marks not raw (scaled) marks. Use the UMS/points grade boundaries pdf instead.

Grade boundaries archive

2007/08 exams

June 2008 exams

March 2008 exams