This statistical first release (SFR) provides the earliest information on the overall achievements of young people in advanced level (A level) examinations and other equivalent qualifications.
Reference Id: SFR26/2012
Publication Type: Statistical First Release
Publication data: Prerelease access data
Local Authority data: LA data
Release Date: 18 October 2012
Coverage status: Provisional
Publication Status: Published
The coverage of this release is 16- to 18-year-old students at the end of their final year of post-16 study in schools and colleges in England. The information is based on data collated for the 2012 school and college performance tables and covers achievements in all level 3 qualifications approved under section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000). The figures for the academic year 2010 to 2011 shown in this SFR have been updated from revised to final.
The institution level 2012 achievement data used in this SFR is currently in the process of being checked by schools and colleges. Revised figures will be published in January 2013 accounting for amendments made by schools during the checking exercise.
All comparisons below are made against final figures for the academic year 2010 to 2011.
Students aged 16 to 18 in schools and colleges entered for all level 3 qualifications in the academic year 2010 to 2011 (Table 1a):
- 91.7% of students achieved passes equivalent in size to at least 2 A levels compared with 94.1% in the year 2010 to 2011.
- A similar percentage of males achieved 2 A level passes or equivalent compared to females (91.8% compared to 91.6% for females).
- The average point score per student entered for level 3 qualifications in the year 2011 to 2012 was 717.7. This is lower than the figure of 746.0 from the year 2010 to 2011.
- The average level 3 point score per entry is equivalent to just above a grade ‘C’ at A level and has decreased to 211.8, compared to an average of 216.2 the year 2010 to 2011. A grade ‘C’ at A level is 210 points.
- Female students achieved higher average point scores than males. The average total points achieved by female students was 31.7 points higher (732.6 compared to 700.9 for males) and the average points per entry was 7.9 points higher (215.5 compared to 207.6 for males).
Students aged 16 to 18 in schools and colleges entered for GCE or applied GCE A levels and double awards in the year 2011 to 2012 (Table 1a):
- 12.5% of GCE or applied GCE A level and double award students achieved 3 or more A* or A grades at A level. This is a 0.6 percentage point drop from the figure of 13.1% the year 2010 to 2011.
- A slightly greater percentage of males achieved 3 or more A grades or above at A level (12.7% compared to 12.2% for females).
- 9.3% of students achieved AAB or better passes at A level in ‘facilitating’ subjects (see technical notes). Male students performed better than female students, with 10.9% achieving AAB or better compared to 8.0% of females (see technical notes for a discussion of the ‘AAB’ methodology change).
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