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


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A table summarising the headline figures of the release, including the proportions of young people achieving level 2 and 3 (overall and for state-funded only), level 3 in maths, level 2 in English and maths and progression in level 2 English and maths (i.e. those who had not achieved by 16 but had achieved both by 19). Also included are annual change figures for the aforementioned figures. English and maths figures are for those who were educated in the state-sector at academic age 15.

Data set details

School and college outcomes and performance
Level 2 and 3 attainment age 16 to 25
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Level 2 (5 GCSEs 9-4 or equivalent, state-funded sector only)
  • Level 2 (5 GCSEs 9-4 or equivalent)
  • Level 2 (5 GCSEs 9-4 or equivalent) (number)
Time period
2003/04 to 2022/23

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
200304Academic yearNationalE92000001England66.08242.102zzzzzzzz406119258742zzzzz
200405Academic yearNationalE92000001England69.07645.64646.4810.1587.252.9943.544zzz427164282271259647338044050266.80242.479
200506Academic yearNationalE92000001England71.11746.8847.1711.4837.1752.0411.2340.691.325-0.075450253296807271216394074125268.68343.477
200607Academic yearNationalE92000001England73.51248.15849.41413.747.5472.3951.2782.2442.2570.372480518314790293067477884475771.1344.786
200708Academic yearNationalE92000001England76.16849.61752.02414.9048.3122.6561.4592.611.1640.765493156321246304843492374870573.9246.211

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 17 variables
Variable nameVariable description
L2_em_GCSE_othL2_annual_changeLevel 2 in English and maths annual change
L2_em_GCSE_othL2_numberLevel 2 in English and maths (number)
L2_em_GCSE_othL2_percentageLevel 2 in English and maths
Level_2_annual_changeLevel 2 annual change
Level_2_numberLevel 2 (5 GCSEs 9-4 or equivalent) (number)


  1. Figures for English and maths are based on those educated in the mainstream state-funded sector in year 11, therefore overall attainment rates differ to headline measures (see the 'About this publication' section) although trends are comparable.
  2. Condition of Funding changes for young people were introduced by the Education and Skills Funding Agency from 2014/15 onwards. This has resulted in most students having to study English and/or maths at level 2 as part of their programmes between the ages of 16 and 19 if they are yet to achieve qualifications at this level.

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