Official Statistics

Appeals for GCSE and A level: summer 2016 exam series

Statistics on the number of appeals against results for GCSEs, AS and A levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Appeals for GCSE and GCE: summer 2016 exam series

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Tables - Appeals for GCSE and GCE summer 2016 exam series

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Pre release access list

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Main findings

  1. The number of appeals submitted fell by 24% in 2016, compared to 2015 (355 compared to 466).
  2. This decrease is in the context of an overall fall by 5% in the number GCSE and GCE (AS and A level) unit entries.
  3. There was also a decrease of 25% in the number of reviews of marking, moderation and administrative error (formerly known as enquiries about results) compared to 2015.
  4. In 2016, 3% (211) of all grades challenged at appeal (6,649) led to a grade change compared to less than 1% (49) in 2015.
  5. This increase is in part due to a pilot, in 2016, in 3 AS and A level subjects (geography, physics and religious studies) to test new grounds for appeals. Appeals may be submitted on grounds of marking error in these 3 subjects.
  6. 29 appeals progressed to stage 2 in 2016, which represents 8% of all appeals submitted.
  7. All stage 1 appeals and around 34% of all stage 2 appeals were completed within 50 working days from the initial receipt of the appeal - a timescale committed to by awarding organisations.

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