FOI release

A level grade combinations

A level grade combinations awarded in England in the 2011 to 2012 academic year

Detail

  • Date requested: 24 January 2013
  • Date responded: 13 February 2013

Request

For GCE A levels awarded in England in 2011 to 2012 academic year to students aged 16 to 18 (best 3 grades only, subject choice unimportant):

  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades AAA* overall
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades AAA or better
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades A*AA or better
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades AAA or better

(NB: I understand the overall percentage for AAA – AAA* to be 12.8% from the statistical first release table updated today?)

  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades AAB or better
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades AAC or better
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades ABB or better
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades ABC or better
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades BBB or better
  • The percentage of candidates receiving grades BBC or better

If you need any clarification about this request, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Release

The information you requested is shown in the table below. The percentages provided in the table are not directly comparable with those published in the Statistical First Release (SFR) ‘A level and equivalent results in England, 2011 to 2012 (Revised)’.

Due to the complexity involved with producing figures which include GCE Double and Combined A/AS Awards, the numerator used to calculate the percentages shown in the table is restricted to A levels only. The numerator used to calculate the percentages published in the SFR includes A levels, Applied A levels and Double Award A levels. The denominator used is the same in each case and is the total number of students entered for A levels, Applied A levels and Double Award A levels: the majority of these entries are at A level.

GCE A level results of students aged 16 to 18 (note 1) by grade combination (note 2)

Year: 2011/12 (Revised)

Coverage: England

Total entries - percentage achieving grade (note 3) 262,104
AAA* or better 2.2
AAA or better 4.9
A*AA or better 9.1
AAA or better 12.7
AAB or better 20.2
AAC or better 21.3
ABB or better 26.8
ABC or better 30.7
BBB or better 30.3
BBC or better 35.7

Source: 2011 to 2012 academic year key stage 5 attainment data (revised)

Table notes:

  1. Age in years at the start of the 2011 to 2012 academic year, ie 31 August 2011.
  2. Note that each successive grade combination by definition includes the relevant higher grade combinations: for example AAA or better also includes those pupils achieving AAA* or better.
  3. Number of students entered for A levels, Applied A levels and Double Award A levels.