Data set from A level and other 16 to 18 results

Retention - student characteristics

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Retention metrics for all qualification cohorts, by student characteristics. 

Student characteristics include gender, ethnicity, disadvantage status, free school meal provision, first language, KS4 prior attainment and SEN provision.

Data set details

School and college outcomes and performance
A level and other 16 to 18 results
Release type
Geographic levels
  • % retained
  • % retained and assessed
  • % returned and retained for a second year
  • Characteristic
  • Cohort
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderFemaleA levelLevel 312367412268011664611572811380994.31793.57592.769
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderFemaleAcademicLevel 312478812373111765511672211458594.28493.53692.608
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderFemaleApplied generalLevel 3349313301231564307072738090.36187.90882.94
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderFemaleTech levelLevel 3110501032199739532820890.25386.26279.527
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderFemaleTechnical certificateLevel 22618z21111603z80.63461.23z

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 7 variables
Variable nameVariable description
perc_retained% retained
perc_retained_and_assessed% retained and assessed
perc_returned_and_retained% returned and retained for a second year


  1. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  2. Disadvantage status is as reported at the end of key stage 4. Analysis involving disadvantage status includes students at state-funded schools and colleges only.
  3. Figures for the total number of students may not match the sum of females and males, as not all institutions recorded the gender for every student.

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