Guidance on complying with the rules and regulations for GCSEs (9 to 1).


GCSE (9 to 1) qualification level guidance

Ref: Ofqual/19/6503/4PDF, 426KB, 29 pages

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This guidance is intended to help awarding organisations understand how to comply with the GCSE (9 to 1) qualification-level conditions and any associated requirements.

All awarding organisations have a legal obligation under section 153 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to have regard to this guidance.

February 2017 update

Our guidance on standard setting came into force on 16 February 2017. This followed our consultation on Requirements on setting GCSE (9 to 1) grade boundaries.

Published 23 May 2014
Last updated 23 April 2019 + show all updates

  1. Document updated to reflect changes following consultation on reviews of marking, moderation and appeals, and put into new brand template.
  2. Updated to include guidance on standard setting.
  3. Updated following introduction of our rules and guidance for enquiries and appeals
  4. Added guidance on considering marking errors on a review or appeal.
  5. First published.