Research and analysis

Subject progression from GCSE to AS level and continuation to A level

This research paper provides an analysis of the proportion of pupils taking GCSE and progressing to AS level in the same subject.



Data from the national pupil database was used to produce descriptive analyses regarding progression rates from GCSE (grades A*-C individually) to AS level for the cohort who completed key stage 4 in 2008 for a set of chosen subjects. Subjects assessed are:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • maths
  • English language
  • history
  • geography
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish.

The publication also shows progression by key stage 4 institution type (independent schools, grammar schools, academies, etc).

The analysis then follows this cohort through to look at the progression rates for AS to A level and for GCSE to A Level (again by subject and institution type), and examines progression rates directly from GCSE to A Level by GCSE grade, including a comparison of GCSE grade to A Level grade achieved.