This statistical first release provides revised information on the overall achievements of young people in GCE and applied GCE A level examinations and other equivalent qualifications in 2010 to 2011.
Reference Id: SFR01/2012
Publication type: Statistical First Release
Publication data: Local authority data
Local authority data: LA data
Release date: 26 January 2012
Coverage status: Final
Publication status: Published
This release updates the provisional SFR released in October 2011 and contains revised national level analyses by school type, gender and subject, and revised local authority level analyses.
Further tables are provided separately on the Department for Education’s statistics website only, including alternative local analyses, time series giving achievements in GCE A/AS level subjects, and achievements in GCE A level subjects by institution type and local authority.
The information in this SFR is based on data collated for the 2011 school and college (key stage 5) performance tables, which has now been checked by schools, and covers achievements in all level 3 qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000). The Department for Education’s performance table points are used to calculate point scores for all Level 3 qualifications.
Underlying data at institution level and by subject, examination entries, and result for a range of academic and vocational level 3 qualifications, including GCE/Applied A/AS levels, the International Baccalaureate, BTEC National qualifications, Vocational Related Qualifications, is available from the performance tables section.
All comparisons are made against revised 2009 to 2010 figures published in January 2011.
For students aged 16-18 in schools and colleges entered for all level 3 qualifications in 2010 to 2011 (Table 1a):
- 94.0% of students achieved passes equivalent in size to at least 2 GCE/Applied GCE A levels, compared with 94.8% in 2009 to 2010.
- The average point score per student entered for level 3 qualifications in 2010 to 2011 was 745.9, slightly higher than the 2009 to 2010 figure of 744.8.
- The average level 3 point score per entry is equivalent to just above a grade C at A level and has increased to 216.2, compared to an average of 214.4 in 2009 to 2010. A grade C at A level yields 210 points.
- Female students achieved higher average point scores than males. The average total points achieved by female students were 28.7 points higher (759.4 compared to 730.7 for males) and the average points per entry were 6.6 points higher (219.3 compared to 212.7 for males).
- A similar percentage of female students achieved 2 A level passes or equivalent compared to males (94.2% compared to 93.9%).
For students aged 16 to 18 in schools and colleges entered for GCE or applied GCE A level and double awards in 2010 to 2011:
- 13.1% of GCE and applied GCE A level and double award students achieved 3 or more A* or A grades at A level, compared to 12.8% in 2009 to 2010. A similar percentage of males achieved 3 or more A* or A grades compared to females (13.4% compared to 12.8% for females).
- 20.8% of students achieved AAB or better passes at GCE or applied GCE A levels or double awards. A similar percentage of female students achieved AAB or higher, 21.2%, compared to 20.4% for males.
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