GCSE results 2017

24 August 2017

Commenting on GCSE results day, Sarah Stevens, Head of Policy at the Russell Group, said:

“Congratulations to all those collecting their GCSE results. This is the first year when students have sat the reformed GCSEs with English Language, Literature and maths being graded 9-1. This means students receive a combination of letter and number grades.

“Universities have published statements about their requirements under the new grading system and the equivalence between the numerical and alphabetical grading systems. Anyone unsure about what grades they need to progress in their education should contact individual universities’ admissions teams for information. UCAS has also published a number of resources explaining how universities are accommodating qualification reform including the reformed GCSEs.


On the decline in students taking modern foreign languages, Sarah Stevens, Head of Policy at the Russell Group, said:

“If the UK is to engage fully with the wider world in business, diplomacy and academia we need more young people studying languages.

“Language learning can be beneficial for young people in providing them with the opportunity to develop inter-cultural awareness and opportunities to work and study abroad. We should encourage them to continue to study languages to give them as many options as possible in their future career.”


Russell Group's Informed Choices guide provides advice and information for students deciding on A Level subjects.

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