Levels of Progress for double award GCSE number grades (Combined/Trilogy Science etc)
The 2 science grades are added together and then divided by 2. You can then look up the equivalent QCA points values in our application guide (Help > KS4 guide > View Online and search for Appendix H) to see how we have translated the number grades on to the old system.
A grade 4-4 is added together and halved, so it is treated as a grade 4 which is equivalent to a legacy grade C from a points perspective. Therefore a child coming in with a KS2 level 4 would be expected to achieve a 4 (4-4) in order to make 3 levels of progress.
A grade 5-4 would become 4.5 once added and halved. Using the table in Appendix H, this falls between legacy grades C and B (as does a grade 5-5 which would sit just below a B). In this scenario, the grade is ‘rounded down’ and treated as though it is a C and therefore 3 levels of progress covers grades 4-4, 5-4 and 5-5 for starting points of a level 4.
It is important to remember that this is based on our own methodology and there is no official way of calculating levels of progress for the new number grades.
Fine grades are ignored when it comes to determining LoP at GCSE level.