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We have extended the availability of our 9-1 graded Cambridge IGCSEs to all schools in Administration Zone 3 from June 2019. Schools can continue to have their exams graded A*-G if they wish.
Cambridge IGCSEs are graded A*-G around the world. This grading system is well understood by students, parents and teachers, and is widely recognised by universities internationally.
For more information about the A*-G grading system, see Support for A*-G grading.
The majority of our schools tell us that they want to retain the A*-G grading system.
From June 2017, schools in England, UK, began introducing 9-1 grading for GCSEs. Over time, we have seen some demand for 9-1 grading from schools in a number of countries, and are now offering 9-1 graded Cambridge IGCSEs in a select region. Schools in this region will have the choice of A*-G or 9-1 graded Cambridge IGCSEs. All schools can maintain A*-G grading.
Please see the table below for updated information on the 9-1 syllabuses.
Once you have made an entry for either grading scale (A*–G or 9–1), you will not be able to move to the other grading scale when the entries deadline has passed. If you accidentally make an entry for an A*–G syllabus you must withdraw the entry, and re-enter the candidate for the corresponding 9–1 syllabus. You must do this before the entries deadline. The same applies for accidental entries for any 9–1 syllabuses.
We have produced a factsheet (PDF, 246KB) to help ensure that your exam entries and administration reflect the syllabus candidates are being taught, and the intended grading scale.
In 2014, we developed new 9-1 graded syllabuses for Cambridge IGCSE in First Language English, English Literature and Mathematics as an option for schools in England comparable to the reformed domestic GCSEs. The content and assessment structure of these syllabuses is different to the A*-G graded syllabuses.
These syllabuses are regulated by Ofqual until November 2019. However, we were notified by the Department for Education in December 2015 that these three syllabuses will not be included in school performance tables.
Please note: For 2016/17, the 0522 syllabus will be included in post-16 progress measures and will be included in funding allocations, subject to criteria being met.
In 2019, UK schools will have a choice of three Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses for First Language English, English Literature and Mathematics. This guidance document (PDF, 154KB) explains the key features of each, to ensure that candidates are entered for the correct syllabus.
We provide more information about how we align the standard of Cambridge IGCSE with GCSE on Our standards page
Please note: Neither the 9-1 nor the A*-G versions of the syllabuses will be included in UK performance tables.