Academic Year 2020/21

A level and other 16 to 18 results

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Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Attainment and other performance measures - institution type and gender

Filename
attainment_by_institution_gender_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Attainment metrics for all qualification cohorts, by institution type and student gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
aps_per_entry_acadAPS per academic entry
aps_per_entry_agenAPS per applied general entry
aps_per_entry_alevAPS per A level entry
aps_per_entry_best3APS per 'Best 3' entries
aps_per_entry_grade_acadAverage academic result
aps_per_entry_grade_agenAverage applied general result
aps_per_entry_grade_alevAverage A level result
aps_per_entry_grade_best3APS per 'Best 3' entries (grade)
aps_per_entry_grade_technicalcertificateAverage technical certificate result
aps_per_entry_grade_tlevAverage tech level result
aps_per_entry_technicalcertificateAPS per entry technical certificate students
aps_per_entry_tlevAPS per tech level entry
characteristic_genderGender
entered_any_level3_vocational_excluding_applied_generalsNumber of students entered for any level 3 vocational (excluding applied generals)
entered_any_level3_vocational_excluding_tech_levelsNumber of students entered for any level 3 vocational (excluding tech levels)
entered_for_one_or_more_alevNumber of students entered for ≥ 1 A level
entered_for_one_or_more_alev_or_appliedNumber of students entered for ≥ 1 A level or applied A level
number_of_students_acadNumber of academic students
number_of_students_agenNumber of applied general students
number_of_students_alevNumber of A level students
number_of_students_highest_attainment_was_l2Number of students with level 2 as highest attainment
number_of_students_level3Number of level 3 students
number_of_students_potentialNumber of potential 16-18 students
number_of_students_technicalcertificateNumber of technical certificate students
number_of_students_tlevNumber of tech level students
pc_achieving_3_astar_to_a_alev% achieving 3 A* to A
pc_achieving_aab_or_better_alev% achieving ≥ AAB
pc_achieving_aab_or_better_atleast_two_facilitating_alev% achieving ≥ AAB for a minimum of 2 facilitating A levels
pc_achieving_atleast_two_alev% achieving ≥ 2 A levels
pc_achieving_atleast_two_substantial_lev3% achieving ≥ 2 substantial level 3 results
pc_achieving_atleast_two_substantial_lev3_acad% achieving ≥ 2 academic results
pc_level2_vocational_students_entered_technicalcertificate% level 2 students entered for technical certificate
pc_level3_vocational_students_entered_applied_generals% level 3 vocational students (excluding tech levels) who entered applied general
pc_level3_vocational_students_entered_tech_levels% level 3 vocational students (excluding applied generals) who entered tech levels
school_typeInstitution
students_achieving_tech_baccNumber of students achieving technical baccalaureate
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Totals may be less than the sum of separate institution types as students who attend multiple institutions during 16 to 18 can be included more than once in institution breakdowns. More information can be found in the Quality and Methodology section.
  3. 'All state funded schools' includes city technology colleges (CTCs) and state-funded special schools. Figures for these institution types are not shown separately in the table. Excludes pupil referral units (PRUs), alternative provision (AP), hospital schools, non-maintained special schools, independent schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved to take pupils with special educational needs (SEN). These institution types are included in 'All schools'.

Attainment and other performance measures - region and student characteristics

Filename
attainment_by_region_characteristic_201921.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority; Regional
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Attainment metrics for all qualification cohorts, by region or local authority and student characteristics. 

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
aps_per_entry_acadAPS per academic entry
aps_per_entry_agenAPS per applied general entry
aps_per_entry_alevAPS per A level entry
aps_per_entry_best3APS per 'Best 3' entries
aps_per_entry_grade_acadAverage academic result
aps_per_entry_grade_agenAverage applied general result
aps_per_entry_grade_alevAverage A level result
aps_per_entry_grade_best3APS per 'Best 3' entries (grade)
aps_per_entry_grade_technicalcertificateAverage technical certificate result
aps_per_entry_grade_tlevAverage tech level result
aps_per_entry_technicalcertificateAPS per entry technical certificate students
aps_per_entry_tlevAPS per tech level entry
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
entered_any_level3_vocational_excluding_applied_generalsNumber of students entered for any level 3 vocational (excluding applied generals)
entered_any_level3_vocational_excluding_tech_levelsNumber of students entered for any level 3 vocational (excluding tech levels)
entered_for_one_or_more_alevNumber of students entered for ≥ 1 A level
entered_for_one_or_more_alev_or_appliedNumber of students entered for ≥ 1 A level or applied A level
number_of_students_acadNumber of academic students
number_of_students_agenNumber of applied general students
number_of_students_alevNumber of A level students
number_of_students_highest_attainment_was_l2Number of students with level 2 as highest attainment
number_of_students_level3Number of level 3 students
number_of_students_potentialNumber of potential 16-18 students
number_of_students_technicalcertificateNumber of technical certificate students
number_of_students_tlevNumber of tech level students
pc_achieving_3_astar_to_a_alev% achieving 3 A* to A
pc_achieving_aab_or_better_alev% achieving ≥ AAB
pc_achieving_aab_or_better_atleast_two_facilitating_alev% achieving ≥ AAB for a minimum of 2 facilitating A levels
pc_achieving_atleast_two_alev% achieving ≥ 2 A levels
pc_achieving_atleast_two_substantial_lev3% achieving ≥ 2 substantial level 3 results
pc_achieving_atleast_two_substantial_lev3_acad% achieving ≥ 2 academic results
pc_level2_vocational_students_entered_technicalcertificate% level 2 students entered for technical certificate
pc_level3_vocational_students_entered_applied_generals% level 3 vocational students (excluding tech levels) who entered applied general
pc_level3_vocational_students_entered_tech_levels% level 3 vocational students (excluding applied generals) who entered tech levels
students_achieving_tech_baccNumber of students achieving technical baccalaureate
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.

Attainment and other performance measures - student characteristics

Filename
attainment_by_characteristic_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Attainment metrics for all qualification cohorts, by student characteristics. 

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
aps_per_entry_acadAPS per academic entry
aps_per_entry_agenAPS per applied general entry
aps_per_entry_alevAPS per A level entry
aps_per_entry_best3APS per 'Best 3' entries
aps_per_entry_grade_acadAverage academic result
aps_per_entry_grade_agenAverage applied general result
aps_per_entry_grade_alevAverage A level result
aps_per_entry_grade_best3APS per 'Best 3' entries (grade)
aps_per_entry_grade_technicalcertificateAverage technical certificate result
aps_per_entry_grade_tlevAverage tech level result
aps_per_entry_technicalcertificateAPS per entry technical certificate students
aps_per_entry_tlevAPS per tech level entry
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
entered_any_level3_vocational_excluding_applied_generalsNumber of students entered for any level 3 vocational (excluding applied generals)
entered_any_level3_vocational_excluding_tech_levelsNumber of students entered for any level 3 vocational (excluding tech levels)
entered_for_one_or_more_alevNumber of students entered for ≥ 1 A level
entered_for_one_or_more_alev_or_appliedNumber of students entered for ≥ 1 A level or applied A level
number_of_students_acadNumber of academic students
number_of_students_agenNumber of applied general students
number_of_students_alevNumber of A level students
number_of_students_highest_attainment_was_l2Number of students with level 2 as highest attainment
number_of_students_level3Number of level 3 students
number_of_students_potentialNumber of potential 16-18 students
number_of_students_technicalcertificateNumber of technical certificate students
number_of_students_tlevNumber of tech level students
pc_achieving_3_astar_to_a_alev% achieving 3 A* to A
pc_achieving_aab_or_better_alev% achieving ≥ AAB
pc_achieving_aab_or_better_atleast_two_facilitating_alev% achieving ≥ AAB for a minimum of 2 facilitating A levels
pc_achieving_atleast_two_alev% achieving ≥ 2 A levels
pc_achieving_atleast_two_substantial_lev3% achieving ≥ 2 substantial level 3 results
pc_achieving_atleast_two_substantial_lev3_acad% achieving ≥ 2 academic results
pc_level2_vocational_students_entered_technicalcertificate% level 2 students entered for technical certificate
pc_level3_vocational_students_entered_applied_generals% level 3 vocational students (excluding tech levels) who entered applied general
pc_level3_vocational_students_entered_tech_levels% level 3 vocational students (excluding applied generals) who entered tech levels
students_achieving_tech_baccNumber of students achieving technical baccalaureate
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.

English and maths - below level 3 entries

Filename
english_maths_below_l3_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Entries and passes for below level 3 English and maths, by qualification type and student gender.

Includes entries in the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_genderGender
entry_countNumber of entries
pass_countNumber of passes
perc_passPercent achieving a pass
qual_minorQualification
subjectSubject
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Exam entries are for the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

English and maths - Level 3 maths attainment by institution type and gender

Filename
level3_maths_by_gender_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Level 3 maths attainment, by institution type and student gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_genderGender
in_scopeNumber of students
L3M_percentagePercent of students achieving a Level 3 maths qualification
school_typeInstitution type
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Totals may be less than the sum of separate institution types as students who attend multiple institutions during 16 to 18 can be included more than once in institution breakdowns. More information can be found in the Quality and Methodology section.
  3. 'All state funded schools' includes city technology colleges (CTCs) and state-funded special schools. Figures for these institution types are not shown separately in the table. Excludes pupil referral units (PRUs), alternative provision (AP), hospital schools, non-maintained special schools, independent schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved to take pupils with special educational needs (SEN). These institution types are included in 'All schools'.
  4. Students are potentially in scope for the Level 3 maths measure if they achieved grade 9-4 by the end of KS4 and are also reported in headline attainment measures.

English and maths progress - institution type and gender

Filename
english_maths_by_gender_institution_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

English and maths progress, by institution type and student gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_genderGender
nat_av_progAverage progress
num_inscopeNumber of students
percent_approvedPercent entering an approved qualification
percent_grade4Percent achieving grade 4 or above
percent_higherPercent improving their point score
percent_lowerPercent lowering their point score
percent_samePercent with unchanged point score
progress_subjectSubject
school_typeInstitution type
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Totals may be less than the sum of separate institution types as students who attend multiple institutions during 16 to 18 can be included more than once in institution breakdowns. More information can be found in the Quality and Methodology section.
  3. 'All state funded schools' includes city technology colleges (CTCs) and state-funded special schools. Figures for these institution types are not shown separately in the table. Excludes pupil referral units (PRUs), alternative provision (AP), hospital schools, non-maintained special schools, independent schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved to take pupils with special educational needs (SEN). These institution types are included in 'All schools'.
  4. Students are potentially in scope for either the English or maths progress measures if they did not achieve a GCSE grade 9-4 by the end of KS4 in that subject.

English and maths progress - prior attainment

Filename
english_maths_by_prior_attainment_202021.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019/20 to 2020/21
Content

English and maths progress (last two years - 2019/20 and 2020/21), by prior attainment points and points at end of 16-18 study. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
0exit points = 0
0.25exit points = 0.25
0.5exit points = 0.5
0.75exit points = 0.75
0.8exit points = 0.8
1exit points = 1
1.25exit points = 1.25
1.5exit points = 1.5
1.75exit points = 1.75
2exit points = 2
3exit points = 3
3.5exit points = 3.5
4exit points = 4
5exit points = 5
6exit points = 6
7exit points = 7
8exit points = 8
9exit points = 9
AllAll students inc. no entry
entry_pointsPrior attainment points
nat_av_progAverage progress
no_entryno entry
percent_grade4Percent achieving grade 4 or above
percent_higherPercent improving their point score
percent_lowerPercent lowering their point score
percent_samePercent with unchanged point score
progress_subjectSubject
Footnotes
  1. Students are potentially in scope for either the English or maths progress measures if they did not achieve a GCSE grade 9-4 by the end of KS4 in that subject.

English and maths progress - prior attainment (historical data)

Filename
english_maths_by_prior_attainment_2019.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19
Content

English and maths progress (2018/19), by prior attainment points and points at end of 16-18 study. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
0exit points = 0
0.4exit points = 0.4
0.8exit points = 0.8
1exit points = 1
1.5exit points = 1.5
1.7exit points = 1.7
2exit points = 2
2.5exit points = 2.5
3exit points = 3
4exit points = 4
5exit points = 5
5.7exit points = 5.7
6exit points = 6
6.3exit points = 6.3
7exit points = 7
7.7exit points = 7.7
8exit points = 8
AllAll students inc. no entry
entry_pointsPrior attainment points
nat_av_progAverage progress
no_entryno entry
percent_grade4Percent achieving grade 4 or above
percent_higherPercent improving their point score
percent_lowerPercent lowering their point score
percent_samePercent with unchanged point score
progress_subjectSubject
Footnotes
  1. Students are potentially in scope for either the English or maths progress measures if they did not achieve a GCSE grade 9-4 by the end of KS4 in that subject.

English and maths progress - student characteristics

Filename
english_maths_by_characteristic_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

English and maths progress, by student characteristics.

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
nat_av_progAverage progress
num_inscopeNumber of students
percent_approvedPercent entering an approved qualification
percent_grade4Percent achieving grade 4 or above
percent_higherPercent improving their point score
percent_lowerPercent lowering their point score
percent_samePercent with unchanged point score
progress_subjectSubject
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Students are potentially in scope for either the English or maths progress measures if they did not achieve a GCSE grade 9-4 by the end of KS4 in that subject.

English and maths progress - years of study

Filename
english_maths_by_years_of_study_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

English and maths progress, by number of years allocated in 16-18 study. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
nat_av_progAverage progress
num_inscopeNumber of students
percent_approvedPercent entering an approved qualification
percent_grade4Percent achieving grade 4 or above
percent_higherPercent improving their point score
percent_lowerPercent lowering their point score
percent_samePercent with unchanged point score
progress_subjectSubject
years_allocatedDuration of 16-18 study
Footnotes
  1. Students are potentially in scope for either the English or maths progress measures if they did not achieve a GCSE grade 9-4 by the end of KS4 in that subject.

Entries - vocational qualifications by subject and student characteristics (end of 16-18 study)

Filename
vocational_counts_by_characteristic_national_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Vocational qualification entries, by Ofqual subject area and student characteristics.

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

Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
exam_cohortExam cohort
ofqual_tier_2Ofqual subject area
student_countTotal number of students
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed a vocational qualification during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Entries - vocational qualifications by subject and student characteristics (single academic year)

Filename
vocational_exam_results_by_characteristic_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Vocational qualification entries, by Ofqual subject area and student characteristics.

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

Includes entries in the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
entry_countExam entries
exam_cohortExam cohort
ofqual_tier_2Ofqual subject area
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Exam entries are for the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Entries and Results - A level and AS by institution type and gender (single academic year)

Filename
alevel_as_entries_results_by_institution_gender_singleyr_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

A level and AS level entries by grade achieved, institution type and student gender. 

Includes entries in the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
a_grade_achievedNumber at grade A.
astar_grade_achievedNumber at grade A*.
b_grade_achievedNumber at grade B.
c_grade_achievedNumber at grade C.
characteristic_genderGender
d_grade_achievedNumber at grade D.
e_grade_achievedNumber at grade E.
entry_countExam entries
institution_countNumber of institutions within type
perc_astar_a_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - A
perc_astar_b_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - B
perc_astar_c_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - C
perc_astar_d_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - D
perc_astar_e_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - E
perc_astar_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A*
q_grade_achievedNumber at grade Q.
qualificationQualification
school_typeInstitution
u_grade_achievedNumber at grade U.
x_grade_achievedNumber at grade X.
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. 'All state funded schools' includes city technology colleges (CTCs) and state-funded special schools. Figures for these institution types are not shown separately in the table. Excludes pupil referral units (PRUs), alternative provision (AP), hospital schools, non-maintained special schools, independent schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved to take pupils with special educational needs (SEN). These institution types are included in 'All schools'.
  3. Exam entries are for the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Entries and Results - A level and AS by region and subject (single academic year)

Filename
alevel_as_entries_results_by_region_singleyr_201921.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority; Regional
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

A level and AS level entries by grade achieved, subject and region or local authority

Includes entries in the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
a_grade_achievedNumber at grade A.
astar_grade_achievedNumber at grade A*.
b_grade_achievedNumber at grade B.
c_grade_achievedNumber at grade C.
d_grade_achievedNumber at grade D.
e_grade_achievedNumber at grade E.
entry_countExam entries
perc_astar_a_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - A
perc_astar_b_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - B
perc_astar_c_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - C
perc_astar_d_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - D
perc_astar_e_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - E
perc_astar_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A*
q_grade_achievedNumber at grade Q.
qualificationQualification
subject_nameSubject
u_grade_achievedNumber at grade U.
x_grade_achievedNumber at grade X.
Footnotes
  1. Exam entries are for the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Entries and Results - A level and AS by subject and student characteristics (single academic year)

Filename
alevel_as_entries_results_by_characteristic_singleyr_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

A level and AS level entries by grade achieved, subject and student characteristics.

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

Includes entries in the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
a_grade_achievedNumber at grade A.
astar_grade_achievedNumber at grade A*.
b_grade_achievedNumber at grade B.
c_grade_achievedNumber at grade C.
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
d_grade_achievedNumber at grade D.
e_grade_achievedNumber at grade E.
entry_countExam entries
perc_astar_a_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - A
perc_astar_b_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - B
perc_astar_c_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - C
perc_astar_d_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - D
perc_astar_e_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - E
perc_astar_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A*
q_grade_achievedNumber at grade Q.
qualificationQualification
subject_nameSubject
u_grade_achievedNumber at grade U.
x_grade_achievedNumber at grade X.
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Exam entries are for the current exam year for 16-18 students, after discounting. Includes pending awards.

Entries and Results - A level by institution type and gender (end of 16-18 study)

Filename
alevel_entries_results_by_institution_gender_1618study_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

A level grades achieved, by institution type and student gender. 

Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
a_grade_achievedNumber at grade A.
astar_grade_achievedNumber at grade A*.
b_grade_achievedNumber at grade B.
c_grade_achievedNumber at grade C.
characteristic_genderGender
d_grade_achievedNumber at grade D.
e_grade_achievedNumber at grade E.
perc_astar_a_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - A
perc_astar_b_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - B
perc_astar_c_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - C
perc_astar_d_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - D
perc_astar_e_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - E
perc_astar_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A*
school_typeInstitution
total_studentsTotal number of students
u_grade_achievedNumber at grade U.
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Totals may be less than the sum of separate institution types as students who attend multiple institutions during 16 to 18 can be included more than once in institution breakdowns. More information can be found in the Quality and Methodology section.
  3. 'All state funded schools' includes city technology colleges (CTCs) and state-funded special schools. Figures for these institution types are not shown separately in the table. Excludes pupil referral units (PRUs), alternative provision (AP), hospital schools, non-maintained special schools, independent schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved to take pupils with special educational needs (SEN). These institution types are included in 'All schools'.
  4. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Entries and Results - A level by region and subject (end of 16-18 study)

Filename
alevel_entries_results_by_region_1618study_201921.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority; Regional
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

A level grades achieved, by subject and region or local authority.

Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
a_grade_achievedNumber at grade A.
astar_grade_achievedNumber at grade A*.
b_grade_achievedNumber at grade B.
c_grade_achievedNumber at grade C.
d_grade_achievedNumber at grade D.
e_grade_achievedNumber at grade E.
perc_astar_a_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - A
perc_astar_b_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - B
perc_astar_c_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - C
perc_astar_d_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - D
perc_astar_e_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - E
perc_astar_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A*
subject_nameSubject
total_studentsTotal number of students
u_grade_achievedNumber at grade U.
Footnotes
  1. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Entries and Results - A level by subject and student characteristics (end of 16-18 study)

Filename
alevel_entries_results_by_characteristic_1618study_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

A level grades achieved, by subject and student characteristics.

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

Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
a_grade_achievedNumber at grade A.
astar_grade_achievedNumber at grade A*.
b_grade_achievedNumber at grade B.
c_grade_achievedNumber at grade C.
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
d_grade_achievedNumber at grade D.
e_grade_achievedNumber at grade E.
perc_astar_a_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - A
perc_astar_b_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - B
perc_astar_c_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - C
perc_astar_d_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - D
perc_astar_e_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A* - E
perc_astar_grade_achievedPercent achieving grade A*
subject_nameSubject
total_studentsTotal number of students
u_grade_achievedNumber at grade U.
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Grade combinations - A level by student characteristics

Filename
alevel_counts_grade_combinations_by_characteristic_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

A level grade combinations achieved, by student characteristics.

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
AAAA/A/A or better
AABA/A/B or better
AACA/A/C or better
ABBA/B/B or better
ABCA/B/C or better
BBBB/B/B or better
BBCB/B/C or better
CCCC/C/C or better
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
DDDD/D/D or better
EEEE/E/E or better
star1AA*/A/A or better
star2AA*/A*/A or better
star3A*/A*/ A* or better
starABA*/A/B or better
student_countTotal number of students
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study (excluding general studies and critical thinking), after discounting of exams. Includes pending awards.

Maths and science entries - percent entered by region and gender

Filename
maths_science_by_region_gender_201921.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority; Regional
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Percent of A level students entered for STEM subjects, by region or local authority and student gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_genderGender
number_alev_studentsNumber of students
pc_entered_BiologyPercent entered for biology
pc_entered_ChemistryPercent entered for chemistry
pc_entered_ComputingPercent entered for computing
pc_entered_FurtherMathsPercent entered for further maths
pc_entered_MathsPercent entered for maths
pc_entered_PhysicsPercent entered for physics
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Maths and science entries - subject combinations and student characteristics

Filename
maths_science_combinations_by_characteristic_200921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2009/10 to 2020/21
Content

Number of students entered for combinations of STEM A levels during 16-18 study, by student characteristics. 

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
num_studentsNumber of students
sub_name_combCombination of STEM subject A levels entered
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Maths and science entries - time series by student characteristics

Filename
maths_science_timeseries_by_characteristic_200921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2009/10 to 2020/21
Content

Time line of STEM subject entries, by student characteristics. 

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
number_alev_studentsNumber of students
pc_entered_1plus_MatScisPercent entered for 1 or more STEM subjects
pc_entered_2plus_MatScisPercent entered for 2 or more STEM subjects
pc_entered_3plus_MatScisPercent entered for 3 or more STEM subjects
pc_entered_4plus_MatScisPercent entered for 4 or more STEM subjects
pc_entered_5plus_MatScisPercent entered for 5 or more STEM subjects
pc_entered_BiologyPercent entered for biology
pc_entered_ChemistryPercent entered for chemistry
pc_entered_ComputingPercent entered for computing
pc_entered_FurtherMathsPercent entered for further maths
pc_entered_MathsPercent entered for maths
pc_entered_no_MatSciPercent not entered for a STEM subject
pc_entered_PhysicsPercent entered for physics
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  4. Includes students triggered for inclusion in performance tables who completed A levels during 16-18 study, after discounting of exams.

Retention - headlines

Filename
retention_headlines_2021.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020/21
Content

Headline retention metrics for use in publication

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
agen_%_retainedApplied general retention rate
alev_%_retainedA level retention rate
tlev_%_retainedTech level retention rate

Retention - institution type and gender

Filename
retention_by_institution_gender_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Retention metrics for all qualification cohorts, by institution type and student gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_genderGender
exam_cohortCohort
perc_retained% retained
perc_retained_and_assessed% retained and assessed
perc_returned_and_retained% returned and retained for a second year
school_typeInstitution type
student_count_year_1Number of students
student_count_year_2Number of students in two-year programme
Footnotes
  1. Totals may be less than the sum of separate institution types as students who attend multiple institutions during 16 to 18 can be included more than once in institution breakdowns. More information can be found in the Quality and Methodology section.

Retention - institution type and prior attainment as a percentage of cohort

Filename
retention_by_institution_priorattainment_proportions_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Retention metrics, by institution type and prior attainment as a percentage of each exam cohort.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
exam_cohortCohort
percentagePercentage of students
prior_attainmentPrior attainment
retention_in_scopeNumber of students
school_typeInstitution type

Retention - prior attainment as a percentage of cohort

Filename
retention_by_priorattainment_proportions_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Retention metrics, by prior attainment as a percentage of each exam cohort.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
exam_cohortCohort
percentagePercentage of students
prior_attainmentPrior attainment
retention_in_scopeNumber of students

Retention - region

Filename
retention_by_region_201921.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority; Regional
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Retention metrics for all qualification cohorts, by region or local authority.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
exam_cohortCohort
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
student_count_year_2Number of students in two-year programme

Retention - student characteristics

Filename
retention_by_characteristic_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

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.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
exam_cohortCohort
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
student_count_year_2Number of students in two-year programme
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.

Retention - student characteristics and disadvantage status

Filename
retention_by_supercharacteristic_filtered_201921.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21
Content

Retention metrics for all qualification cohorts, by a combination of disadvantage status and other student characteristics. 

Other student characteristics include gender, ethnicity, free school meal provision, first language, KS4 prior attainment and SEN provision.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_disadvantageCharacteristic disadvantage
characteristic_valueCharacteristic
exam_cohortCohort
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
student_count_year_2Number of students in two-year programme
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  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. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.