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The latest national statistics on GCE/Applied GCE A/AS and Equivalent Results 2010/11 (Prov) produced by the Department for Education were released on 20 October 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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. This information is based on data collated for the 2011 School and College Performance Tables and covers achievements in all Level 3 qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000). The DfE Performance Table points are used to calculate point scores for all Level 3 qualifications - see technical notes for more details.

The institution level 2011 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 2012 accounting for amendments made by schools up until the publication of the performance tables.

Key points

All comparisons below are made against final (revised) 2009/10 figures published in January 2011 (see 'related publications').

For students aged 16-18 in schools and colleges entered for all Level 3 qualifications in 2010/11 (Table 1a)

  • 92.7 per cent of candidates achieved passes equivalent in size to at least 2 GCE/Applied GCE A-levels, compared with 94.8 per cent in 2009/10.
  • The average point score per candidate entered for Level 3 qualifications in 2010/11 was 733.1. This average is lower than the 2009/10 figure of 744.8.
  • The average Level 3 point score per entry is equivalent to just above a grade C at A-level and has increased to 215.5, compared to an average of 214.4 in 2009/10. A grade C at A-level yields 210 points.
  • Female students achieved higher average point scores than males. The average total points achieved by female students were 31.9 points higher (748.1 compared to 716.2 for males) and the average points per entry were 6.8 points higher (218.7 compared to 211.9 for males).
  • A slightly greater percentage of female students achieved 2 A-level passes or equivalent (93.0 per cent compared to 92.4 per cent for males).

For students aged 16-18 in schools and colleges entered for GCE/Applied GCE A Level and Double Awards in 2010/11 (Table 1a)

  • 12.8 per cent of GCE/Applied GCE A-level and Double Award candidates achieved 3 or more A* or A grades at A-level, which is unchanged compared with 2009/10.
  • A slightly greater percentage of males achieved 3 or more A grades or above at A-level (13.1 per cent compared to 12.5 per cent for females)
  • 20.4 per cent of candidates achieved AAB or better passes at GCE/Applied A-levels or Double Awards. A similar percentage of female students achieved AAB or higher when compared to males (20.8 vs. 20.0 per cent).

Contact details

David Bartholomew
Telephone: 0370 000 2288