Official Statistics

Special consideration in GCSE and A Level: summer 2017 exam series

Numbers of adjustments to the marks of candidates who have not been able to demonstrate attainment because of exceptional circumstances.

Documents

Special consideration summer 2017 series: GCSEs, AS and A levels

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Background information: special consideration in GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2017 exam series

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England - Special consideration in GCSE and A Level: summer 2017 exam series data

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Northern Ireland - Special consideration in GCSE and A Level: summer 2017 exam series data

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Wales - Special consideration in GCSE and A Level: summer 2017 exam series data

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Details

Key findings:

  1. In total, there were 607,110 special consideration requests, up 19% from 2016.
  2. Almost all special consideration requests (94%) were approved, similar to last year.
  3. 567,795 special considerations were approved in 2017. This represents 3.1% of all assessments taken which is slightly higher than 2016.
  4. The most frequent mark adjustment made was 3% of the maximum mark, closely followed by 2%.

Geographical coverage

This report presents data for England. 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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