Relationships between grade distributions for students taking different combinations of reformed GCSE subjects - 2019




The graphs below show the grade distributions of reformed GCSE subjects.

You can select either an individual subject or a combination of two or three subjects. Selecting a grade range of the first and second subject will filter the candidates shown in the remaining graphs.

For example, selecting 'grade 4 or above' in subject 1 results in only the candidates who were awarded a grade 4 or higher in subject 1 appearing in the graphs for subject 2 and subject 3.


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1. What do these interactive graphs show?

These graphs allow you to see grade distributions for reformed full-course GCSEs in schools and colleges in England for the summer 2019 examination series. The subjects presented are those which were taken by at least 2,500 students. You can select either an individual subject or a combination of two or three subjects, which shows how performance on one GCSE relates to performance on other GCSEs.

Some examples of information you can find out:

  • for students who attained a grade 7 and above in geography, how many also attained a grade 7 and above in history
  • how many students achieved a grade 9 in mathematics, English language and English literature
  • how many people taking French also took German

  • 2. Which students grades are included in these graphs?

    The graphs are based upon the grades of students of all ages from schools and colleges in England who took at least one full course GCSE (9 to 1) in summer 2019. In each combination of plots, only students who took all of the subjects selected are shown. As students of all ages are included, English language and mathematics include a higher proportion of older students compared to other subjects.

    Please note that in some subject areas (e.g. ancient languages and art and design) students may legitimately take more than one qualification within the subject (e.g. Latin and ancient Greek). All figures are also rounded to the nearest 5 for the purposes of these charts, meaning that student numbers may not match exactly with the number of grades awarded.


    3. Why are the grades 9 to 1?

    As part of the reform of GCSE qualifications, the old grading scale of A* to G has been replaced. In new reformed GCSEs, the grading scale is 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. GCSE combined science is a double award, and the grading scale for this subject is 9-9 to 1-1. In time, all GCSEs in England will have the 9 to 1 grading scale. A more detailed explanation of reformed GCSE qualifications can be found here.


    4. What is grade U?

    Where a student receives a 'U' this means 'unclassified' - below the standard required for a grade 1 or above.


    5. What is the source of the data used in the graphs?

    Data is supplied to Ofqual by examination boards shortly before each results day. At the point in time which Ofqual receives this data, all certificates and entries may not have been fully processed. Additionally, the data does not reflect any changes to grades from post-results reviews.


    6. Why are we publishing this data?

    We are publishing this data in the interests of openness and transparency and so that schools, policymakers and other stakeholders can access this data in an interactive manner and explore the grade distributions in the reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs.



    For any feedback on these graphs, please contact data.analytics@ofqual.gov.uk.

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    If you need an accessible version of this information to meet specific accessibility requirements, please email publications@ofqual.gov.uk with details of your request.