The pass rate for students getting a grade 4 or above has fallen since November 2018. Students who do not manage to achieve at least a grade 4 in GCSE English or maths when they leave school will have to resit the exam again in the summer. Under the condition of funding rules, those with a grade 2 or below in GCSE maths and/or English at school will have to continue to study the subjects at college, however it is also possible to take an approved stepping-stone qualification to meet the condition of funding.
Last summer, 148,986 learners aged 17+ sat GCSE English language, with 33.1% achieving a grade 4 or higher. 161,139 learners took GCSE Maths with 22.7% achieving a grade 4 or higher.
There were 92,000 entries across the two subjects, with the exam boards AQA having 49,059 entries, Edexcel 39,257 and OCR 3,951. The proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or higher in English language in November 2018 for each exam board was as follows: AQA 27.7%, Edexcel 34.1% and OCR 41%. In maths, the proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or higher in November 2018 for each exam board was as follows: AQA 27.7%, Edexcel 27.6% and OCR 25.2%.
For students who did not achieve grade 4 or higher this will be their first chance to resit the qualifications. Unlike the summer series of GCSE results, no national figures have been published in January. The exam boards publish their results separately.