Data set from Level 2 and 3 attainment age 16 to 25

Level 2 and 3 attainment - ages 16 to 19

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The numbers and proportions achieving Level 2/3 by cohort year, age, qualification type and institution type.

Overall cohort numbers are taken from school census population data when learners were academic age 14 (i.e. age 14 at the start of the academic year; 15 by the end of the academic year).

Data set details

School and college outcomes and performance
Level 2 and 3 attainment age 16 to 25
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Number in national cohort
  • Age
  • Institution type
  • Numbers or percentages
Time period
2003/04 to 2023/24

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
200304Academic yearNationalE92000001England16TotalTotalTotalNumber614564303924755
200405Academic yearNationalE92000001England16TotalTotalTotalNumber618397311767740
200506Academic yearNationalE92000001England16TotalTotalTotalNumber633117330376829
200607Academic yearNationalE92000001England16TotalTotalTotalNumber653657346539815
200708Academic yearNationalE92000001England16TotalTotalTotalNumber647457358207723

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 7 variables
Variable nameVariable description
ageAge - The academic year shown is the year in which the young person has turned (or will turn) 19, irrespective of the age selected. 19 not 16 refers to young people who had not achieved at 16 but had achieved by 19.
institution_typeInstitution type - Total only available for age 19
Level_2Level 2
Level_3Level 3
number_in_cohortNumber in national cohort


  1. In these statistics AS levels count for 25% of Level 3 and can be aggregated, so that four AS levels or two AS levels and one A level (which counts as 50% of Level 3) are counted as achievement of Level 3.
  2. The fall in AS level attainment coincides with the decoupling of AS levels from A levels as part of reforms which started in the 2015/16 academic year. This has resulted in AS results no longer counting towards an A level (and AS levels becoming standalone qualifications), which has led to a reduction in AS level entries (see A level and other 16-18 results for more information). In turn, this had resulted in a fall in Level 3 attainment via AS levels, with just 0.1% of 19-year olds having achieved Level 3 through this route in 2020/21.
  3. These figures are based on qualifications held at 19 prioritised in the following order: A levels, International Baccalaureates (displayed in the ‘Other’ category), AS levels, Advanced Apprenticeships (displayed in the ‘Other’ category) and Vocational Qualifications.
  4. These figures are based on qualifications prioritised in the following order: GCSEs, Apprenticeships (displayed in the ‘Other’ category), Vocational qualifications, Level 3 qualifications (displayed in the ‘Other’ category) and combinations of qualifications (displayed in the ‘Other’ category).

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