This statistical first release (SFR) provides the earliest information on the overall achievements of young people in GCE and applied GCE A level examinations and other equivalent qualifications.
Reference Id: SFR31/2010
Publication Type: Statistical First Release
Local Authority data: LA data
Release Date: 21 October 2010
Coverage status: Provisional
Publication Status: Published
This information is based on data collated for the 2010 school and college performance tables (formerly achievement and attainment tables) and covers achievements in all Level 3 qualifications approved under section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000). The QCDA tariff is used to calculate point scores and qualification sizes for all level 3 qualifications.
The 2010 achievement data presented in this SFR is currently in the process of being checked by schools and colleges. Revised figures will be published in January 2011 accounting for amendments made by schools up until the publication of the performance tables.
- The average QCDA point score per candidate entered for level 3 qualifications in academic year 2009 to 10 was 732.9. While this average is lower than the 2008 to 2009 final figure of 739.3, it represents a slight increase compared to last year’s provisional figure of 731.1, published in October 2009.
- The average level 3 point score per entry is equivalent to just above a grade C at A level and has risen to 213.8, compared to an average of 211.7 in 2008 to 09. A grade C at A level yields 210 points.
- 93.6 per cent of candidates achieved passes equivalent in size to at least 2 GCE/Applied GCE A levels, compared with 95.1 per cent in 2008 and 2009. The equivalent provisional figure for 2008 to 2009 was 94.1 per cent.
- One in eight (12.4%) of GCE/Applied GCE A level candidates achieved 3 or more A* or A grades at A level, compared with 12.7 per cent in 2008 to 2009. The equivalent provisional figure for 2008 to 2009 was 12.5 per cent.
- Female students achieved higher average point scores than males. The average total points achieved by female students were 34.5 points higher (749.2 compared to 714.7 for males) and the average points per entry were 7 points higher (217.1 compared to 210.1 for males).
- A greater proportion of female students achieved 2 A level passes or equivalent (94.6% compared to 92.4% for males), while there was little difference between males and females in the proportion achieving 3 or more A grades or above at A level (12.5% for males and 12.4% for females).
Richard Baker - Attainment Statistics Team
0114 274 2118