Academic Year 2019/20

Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people aged 19

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  1. Updated to include indicators for those attaining overall level 2 with English and maths.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer exam series was cancelled in 2020. Pupils scheduled to sit GCSE and A/AS level exams in 2020 were awarded either a centre assessment grade (based on what the school or college believed the student would most likely have achieved had exams gone ahead) or their calculated grade using a model developed by Ofqual - whichever was the higher of the two. Some vocational exams went ahead as normal, other exams were either delayed or went ahead in an alternative format. The results from the autumn resits for AS/A levels are included in this release, however, due to timing issues, the GCSE resits taken in autumn will not be included in this release until 2022, along with any vocational exams taken after summer 2020. For an indication of the magnitude of these resits, more information can be found in the entries for GCSE and A level autumn exams on at Entries for AS and A level: autumn 2020 exam series - GOV.UK ( and Entries for GCSE: autumn 2020 exam series - GOV.UK ( In summary 2.8% of total  GCSE Summer 2020 entries were resat in Autumn 2020, hence the impact is minimal.

The cancellation of summer 2020 exams and the new method of awarding grades has led to a set of pupil attainment statistics that are unlike previous years. This is evident in our level 2 statistics at 16 and to a lesser degree, our level 3 statistics at 18. This increase in attainment at 16 will affect our statistics at age 19 in 2022/23. 

Headline facts and figures - 2019/20

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