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New stats: A level and other 16 to 18 results 2016/17 (provisional)

 The Department for Education (DfE) has published provisional information on A level and other results for 16 to 18-year-olds at the end of their final year. 

Following the introduction of a new 16 to 18 school and college accountability system in 2016, there are further additions in 2017. Tech certificates and other level two vocational qualifications studied by 16 to 18-year-olds are published for the first time as headline measures.

Key findings

  • The average point score (APS) per entry increased for A level, applied general and tech level students compared with equivalent 2016 provisional data
  • The APS per entry expressed as a grade remained stable for all cohorts apart from A level, where it increased from C to C+
  • There were 741,982 A level entries in 2017, which is relatively stable compared with 2016 (a 0.3 per cent decrease)
  • AS level entries dropped by 42.1 per cent, which is largely driven by the decoupling of AS levels from A levels in 2016
  • There continues to be more female than male A level students. In 2017, 54.2 per cent of A level students were females and 45.8 per cent are male students - a situation which remains stable compared with last year
  • In 2017, 405,964 students were in scope for the new level three maths measure, and 23.9 per cent of those achieved an approved level three maths qualification during 16 to 18 study. A higher proportion of male students (28.3 per cent) achieved an approved level three maths qualification than female students (19.6 per cent). As this is a new measure for 2017, it is not possible to make comparisons over time. 

About the data:

  • Performance measures across qualifications types should not be directly compared because of differences in entry patterns and grading structures between qualification types
  • Results for disadvantaged students will be published in the revised statistical first release (SFR) in January 2018, and other new measures in the additional release in March 2018. More details can be found in the department's 16-19 technical guide and the quality and methodology document published alongside this SFR
  • The new level three maths measure reports on students at the end of 16 to18 study who achieved an A*-C grade in GCSE maths (or equivalent) by the end of key stage four and go on to achieve an approved level three maths qualification during 16 to 18 studies. 

Read the full SFR here.