Data set from A level and other 16 to 18 results

Retention - cohort time series

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Time series retention metrics for all qualification cohorts.

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
  • Cohort
Time period
2015/16 to 2022/23

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandRevisedA levelLevel 3247,273z96.1zz
201617Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandRevisedA levelLevel 3245,983241,63695.39481.7
201718Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandRevisedA levelLevel 3257237254,52592.590.780.6
201819Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandRevisedA levelLevel 323912423683891.389.584.7
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalA levelLevel 322828922384492.190.588.6

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 6 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
student_count_year_1Number of students


  1. A change to the trigger rules was introduced in 2020/21  such that students were no longer automatically reported after two years in 16-18 study. The introduction caused a fall in cohort size, particular within the vocational and technical cohorts. A full impact analysis can be found in the <a href="">methodology document</a>.

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