Search Our Site

We have 3,726,659 registered online learners.
1,150 new learners so far today.

Online learning pupils may benefit from new grading structure

schedule 22nd June 2011 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 7th July 2016

E-learning students could achieve an 'A* with distinction' grade in a maths exam accredited by Ofqual and one source has suggested this change could provide meaningful results.

While previously pupils could receive a maximum mark of A*, the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths iGCSE allows for entrants to go one step further.

Responding to the news, secretary for the Campaign for Real Education Nick Seaton claimed the alteration is a positive step.

He said: "Something that differentiates [between] those who do extremely well and those who just do well can only be a good thing."

However, Mr Seaton warned that examiners must be careful not to reduce the number of marks required for an A* to make room for the new grade.

In his view, online learning and conventional pupils should not be affected, but it is something to watch out for.

The education expert went on to praise iGCSEs, saying they offer better preparation for A Levels.

Virtual College Logo

Author: Virtual College

The latest training news brought to you by Virtual College. We create innovative digital learning experiences that inspire people to develop the skills they need to thrive in their careers; enhancing and enriching the organisations they work in. For 24 years, we have been developing and supplying collaborative, customer-focused e-learning technology for organisations world-wide.

ISO 9001:2015
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider


+44 (0)1943 605 976

Virtual College

Marsel House


West Yorkshire

LS29 8DD

Awards for footer
Gold and silver award winners at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 - including gold for excellence in the design of learning content.


We are in the process of moving to one Virtual College website. If you want to go back to a course, or start a course, bought from our old website then you may need to login to our original learning management system. Otherwise, please proceed to our new learning management system to return to your training.


You are already logged in. Click the button below to be taken to your LMS dashboard. Alternatively, click logout to leave the system.