Guidance

Key stage 4 qualifications, discount codes and point scores

Approved key stage 4 qualifications (GCSEs, Technical Awards, AS levels and graded music exams), discount codes and point scores for reporting in the 2014 to 2024 school and college performance tables.

Applies to England

Documents

Details

This information is for:

  • schools
  • colleges
  • awarding organisations

This page contains information about qualifications, discount codes and point scores for the school and college performance tables.

We use discount codes to ensure that a single course of study is credited only once in the school performance tables. The discounting guidance describes how we do this.

We use performance points to compare qualifications of different levels, sizes and grading structures. The points assigned to each qualification are shown in the point scores document. Read our guidance on performance points for more information on how performance points are determined.

Published 12 October 2017
Last updated 6 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. 'Key stage 4 discounting and early entry guidance (2022)' has replaced 'Key stage 4 discounting and early entry guidance (2019)'.

  2. Updated 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2024 performance tables', amending OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National in Engineering Manufacture qualification from its current discount code to the previous code.

  3. Updated 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2024 performance tables' - ABRSM music qualifications update of qualification numbers and titles.

  4. We have updated the 'Performance points for qualifications counting in the 2022 key stage 4 performance tables' and 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2024 performance tables' documents.

  5. Updated 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes' performance tables to cover up to 2024.

  6. Updated ‘Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2023 performance tables’. This includes a new English Language GCSE.

  7. Replaced 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2022 performance tables' with 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2023 performance tables'. Replaced ‘Performance points for qualifications counting in the 2019 key stage 4 performance tables’ with ‘Performance points for qualifications counting in the 2021 key stage 4 performance tables’.

  8. Added link to national, regional and local authority level statistics, including changes to how key stage 4 discounting is calculated for 2020, after the government announced that all exams were cancelled for 2020.

  9. Replaced 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2021 performance tables' with 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2022 performance tables'.

  10. Updated Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2021 performance tables.

  11. Updated to show changes to qualification details and new decisions on inclusions.

  12. Added 'Key stage 4 discounting and early entry guidance' for 2019.

  13. Updated Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2021 performance tables

  14. Added updated document 'Performance points for qualifications counting in the 2019 key stage 4 performance tables'.

  15. Updated 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2021 performance tables'.

  16. Added an updated version of the list of 2014 to 2021 key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes.

  17. Updated 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2020 performance tables'.

  18. Replaced 2017 version of 'KS4 discounting and early entry guidance' with the 2018 version.

  19. Updated documents 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2020 performance tables' and 'Performance points for qualifications counting in the 2018 key stage 4 performance tables'.

  20. Updated 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2020 performance tables'.

  21. Added updated documents 'Performance points for qualifications counting in the 2018 key stage 4 performance tables'.

  22. Attached updated version of 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes - 2014 to 2020 performance tables' to add 3 qualifications which had been omitted from the original document.

  23. Updated Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2020 performance tables

  24. Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2020 performance tables corrected: 1) 2019 tab row 597, column F, discount code amended from XA1 to XA. Footnote of 2 removed in column J. 2) 2020 tab row 489, column F, discount code amended from XA1 to XA. Footnote of 2 removed in column J. 3) Footnote text for footnote of 2 removed from 2020 tab as no other qual had this flag.

  25. Updated 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2019 performance tables' to include 2020: 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2020 performance tables'.

  26. Updated with new information about the 2017 data.

  27. Update to key stage 4 qualifications spreadsheet to finalise discount codes.

  28. First published.