- The number of appeals submitted in summer exam series rose from 302 in 2016 to 597 in 2017.
- The number of appeals submitted in 2017 represent 0.004% of all the qualification grades awarded in summer 2017 (6.6 million).
- The number of appeals upheld increased from 62 in 2016 to 275 in 2017.
- New grounds for appeal, based on an error in marking in a review of marking or moderation, were introduced for AS and A levels in 2017 resulting in an increase in the number of appeals this year.
- The recently introduced grounds for appeal in AS and A level were the most common reasons to appeal.
- 73% of upheld appeals do not result in a change of grade.
- The number of grades challenged by an appeal fell from 6,244 in 2016 to 3,292 in 2017.
- 7% of preliminary appeals progressed to appeal hearings.
The report presents data on the number of appeals and qualification grades challenged due to the appeals made in England for the summer 2017 exam series. Reports published in previous years included data for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland as well. As such, historical figures in this year’s report reflect data for England and may differ from previously published figures.
For all statistical releases for the academic year 2016 to 2017, Ofqual will publish separate data tables for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland, without commentary.
Responsibility for publishing data for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland has been passed to Qualifications Wales and CCEA respectively for the academic year 2017 to 2018 and beyond.
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