Data set from Key stage 4 performance

KS4 GCSE subject alternative provision data

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Data set details

School and college outcomes and performance
Key stage 4 performance
Release type
Geographic levels
  • The number of entries in to a subject
  • The number of exams graded as 1
  • The number of exams graded as 11
  • The type of subject
Time period

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201920Academic yearRevisedNationalE92000001EnglandAlternative ProvisionAny classical studyGCSE42010000000000000000000000001
201920Academic yearRevisedNationalE92000001EnglandAlternative ProvisionAny design & technologyGCSE209002716525637240000000000000000087
201920Academic yearRevisedNationalE92000001EnglandAlternative ProvisionAny EnglishGCSE657115347721046511791643165788800000000000000000200203
201920Academic yearRevisedNationalE92000001EnglandAlternative ProvisionAny mathematicsGCSE5508103057854059861161137210750000000000000000022998
201920Academic yearRevisedNationalE92000001EnglandAlternative ProvisionAny modern languageGCSE99121214813815630000000000000000035

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 30 variables
Variable nameVariable description
1The number of exams graded as 1
11The number of exams graded as 11
2The number of exams graded as 2
21The number of exams graded as 21
22The number of exams graded as 22


  1. : = When data is unavailable for other reasons
  2. Some zero percentages may represent small numbers due to rounding.
  3. Explore education statistics (EES) glossary can be found at
  4. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures, the summer exam series was cancelled in 2020. Pupils scheduled to sit GCSE exams in 2020 were awarded either a centre assessment grade submitted by their teachers or their calculated grade using a model developed by Ofqual - whichever was the higher of the two. Due to the changed awarding process for GCSE grades it is recommended that year on year comparisons are not made. For further information: 
  5. Any Design and Technology includes Design and Technology Engineering and Product Design qualifications.
  6. Local authority, region and England (alternative provision) figures only cover achievements in state-funded alternative provision schools (Pupil referral units, AP free schools and AP academies) as well as state-funded AP placements in other institutions including independent schools, non-maintained special schools and settings other than a school. They do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas. The 'England (all schools)' line includes all pupils from state-funded schools, independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools and alternative provision.
  7. Pupils also registered at an institution included within the Secondary School Performance Tables are excluded from the Alternative Provision data. In 2020, school performance tables have been cancelled and headline performance measures will not be available on the school performance tables website for 2019/20 Attainment data.
  8. Only GCSEs and established GCSE equivalents (Cambridge International certificates and Edexcel level 1/2 certificates) are included in this data. Excludes Double Awards.
  9. Discounting has been applied where pupils have taken the same subject more than once. In 2019/20, only Only one entry per subject is counted and we count the entry with the highest grade for results received in Summer 2020. Previously only the first entry grade would count and this is still the case for any results received before Summer 2020. Further information can be found in the secondary accountability guidance where pupils have already entered for an exam within the same subject in 2018/19, first entry rules will still be used. For more on previous years’ discounting methodology prior to 2020, read the Discounting and Early Entry Guidance at: 
  10. The Secondary accountability measures guidance can be found alongside the KS4 data and metadata files under 'Download associated files'.
  11. Grade U refers to pupils' results which are ungraded or unclassified.
  12. Grade X refers to pupils who were absent or whose results are pending.
  13. z = When an observation is not applicable
  14. In 2017, reformed GCSEs (which use the 9-1 grade scale) were introduced into secondary school performance tables in a phased approach. Unreformed subjects continue to be graded using the A* to G system. Information on how the 9 to 1 scale and the A* to G scale are different and not directly comparable is available in the Secondary accountability measures guidance. In 2020, all GCSEs are now reformed and use the 9-1 grading scale.
  15. Includes entries and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years.
  16. Figures not present in the data means there are no pupils at the end of key stage 4 for this breakdown.
  17. Any science includes Astronomy, Electronics, Environmental Science and Geology.

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