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Provisional November 2018 exam entries: GCSE


Ofqual has published provisional figures on the number of entries for GCSEs submitted by schools and colleges in England to exam boards by 24 October 2018 for the exams being sat in November 2018.

Key findings: 

  • Overall, GCSE entries in November 2018 increased by 55%, from 67,755 in 2017 to 104,710.
  • Year 12 overall entries increased by 33% from 43,480 in 2017 to 57,650 in 2018. Year 12 entries account for 55% of the total entry in November 2018.
  • Overall entries from year 13 and above increased by 94% to 47,010 in 2018.
  • Entries in mathematics rose to 55,125, a 58% increase on 2017, but more similar to 2016.
    • Entries for the higher paper decreased by 17% to 3,685 in 2018
    • Entries for the foundation paper increased by 70% to 51,440 in 2018
  • Entries in English language also saw an increase to 49,585, representing a 50% increase on 2017, continuing a trend of increase over the past 5 years.
  • These variations are likely to reflect changes in re-sit requirements related to funding, the transition from legacy to reformed qualifications, and the availability of assessments (e.g this November being the first when candidates also sat a 9 to 1 GCSE in the summer).

About the data 

  • The figures presented here are the provisional figures as submitted by schools and colleges to exam boards by 24 October 2018. Final entry numbers may be slightly different from these.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest 5 to ensure confidentiality of data.
  • Entries in November are from year 12 and above. Since 2017, year 11 students are no longer allowed to enter the November examination series.
  • Further information on this release is available in the background information as well as data tables accompanying this report.
First published 06 December 2018