Understanding your GCSE results slip

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Use our guide to get to grips with your GCSE results slip

Finally, it's the moment you've been waiting for – GCSE results day.

You're holding your results in your hands and you can actually see what grades you achieved – but what does it all mean? Here's a quick visual guide to a typical GCSE results slip. 

GCSE results slip



Candidate Number – used by individual exam centres to identify candidates

ULN: Unique Learning Number – used to store all your educational records and never shared with anyone without your permission. 

UCI: Unique Candidate Identifier – used to track your results during a modular course

2 Each course has a separate code
3 A grade 7 is the equivalent of an A
4 The spoken language element of GCSE English is given a grade – distinction, merit, pass or not classified
5 A grade 4 is a 'standard pass' and equivalent to a grade C
6 Combined Science counts as two GCSEs so you will receive two grades. They will either be the same or within one grade of each other
7 A grade 5 represents a 'strong pass'
8 A grade 9 is the top grade – higher than an A*. Roughly the top 20% of those who achieve a 7 or above will be awarded this grade

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