IGCSE 9 to 1 Grades – OxfordAQA Syllabus Guide

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OxfordAQA offers a rigorous but flexible syllabus that allows students to learn and develop. The syllabus delivers high-quality international GCSEs, AS, and A-level certificates for students studying in British curriculum schools across the globe.

It is a joint venture between AQA, the UK’s biggest provider of academic qualifications, and Oxford University Press, a University of Oxford department, to improve educational standards across the globe.

Its worldwide GCSEs, AS, and A-levels are founded on more than a century of experience, academic research, and best practices. This post offers a guide to the IGCSE 9 to 1 Grades – OxfordAQA Syllabus.


OxfordAQA Syllabus Guide

The 9–1 grades in OxfordAQA International GCSEs are the same as in England. The former A*–G grades have been replaced by these grades.

Students who get 9 to 1 on their GCSEs can:

  • Get an ‘outstanding’ grade 9 (higher than an A*). It is only awarded to pupils who are at the top of their class in terms of ability.
  • Use grade 9 to set yourself apart from kids who have received an A* in university applications.
  • Obtain a ‘strong pass’ – a grade 5 (the new GCSE criteria), higher than the previous grade C.
  • Achieve outcomes that are comparable to those of English pupils



  • English language
  • English literature
  • Mathematics
  • Further mathematics
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Psychology



Except for optional NEA units in English language and English literature, which are teacher evaluated and moderated by AQA, and ESL (English as a Second Language), where the speaking component is NEA marked by AQA, all assessment is external.

Speaking and listening are optional endorsements in the English language that the teacher assesses.

For scientific disciplines, practical is incorporated into the course curriculum. There is usually no homework or practical exams. The ability to work scientifically is assessed in all of the papers.

Exams in math and integrated science are graded on a scale of one to ten. For the related courses, grades 5 to 1/5 – 5 to 1 – 1 are offered at the core tier, while 9 – 4/9 – 9 to 4 – 4 are provided at extension.

Students take two one-hour and 30-minute papers in mathematics, either core or extension.

Students in integrated science take three one-hour and 45-minute papers at either core or extension (one in biology, chemistry, and physics).

Students take two one-hour and 30-minute papers in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Students take Paper 1 in two hours and either Paper 2 in two hours or the NEA project in two hours for the English language. An extended task spoken presentation, or interview, is an optional endorsement in speaking and hearing.


Assessment components’ contribution to the total grade


Papers 1c (50%) and 2c (50%)

Papers 1e (50%) and 2e (50%)


Integrated science

33.3% for Paper 1 (Biology), 33.3% for Paper 2 (Chemistry), 33.3% for Paper 3 (Physics), 33.3% for either core or extension


Biology, chemistry, and physics

Paper 1 (50%)

Paper 2 (50%)


English Language

Paper 1 (60%) and either Paper 2 (40%) or the NEA (40%)


Literature in English

Route A: Paper 1 (40%) and Paper 2a (60%)

Route B: Paper 1 (40%), Paper 2b (40%), and NEA (20%)


ESL (English as a Second Language)

Paper 1 (30%)

Paper 2 (30%)

Paper 3 (20%)

Paper 4. NEA (20%)


Computer and business studies

Paper 1 (50%)

Paper 2 (50%)



Paper 1 (34%)

Paper 2 (34%)

Paper 3 (32%)


Further Mathematics

FP1 One hour and 30 minutes of pure mathematics# FPSM1 One hour and 30 minutes of pure mathematics, statistics, and mechanics.

Two hours and 30 minutes for FP2 Pure Mathematics; one hour and 30 minutes for either FS2 Statistics or FM2 Mechanics.



Paper 1: One hour and 30 minutes of introductory subjects in psychology

Paper 2: (one hour and 30 minutes): Biopsychology, Development, and Research Methods

Paper 3: (one hour and 30 minutes): Advanced themes and research methodologies

Paper 4: One hour and 30 minutes for approaches and applications.


OxfordAQA Resit arrangements

These are linear requirements. Students have the option of retaking the whole certification as many times as they choose.

International GCSE Plus may only be retaken in conjunction with a retake of the relevant OxfordAQA International GCSE.


In a Nutshell

Private and International schools, such as SIS Group, follow this guide to gain insight into the 9 to 1 grading system and general information about the OxfordAQA.

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