This microsite provides analysis of national GCSE and A-Level results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 2016 to 2021. The data has been sourced from the Joint Council for Qualifications. The Nuffield Foundation has provided funding for the development of the site.
There has been substantial policy change at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 during this time. All three nations have reviewed their curriculum and adopted different approaches in response. These changes affect comparisons between the three nations, and comparisons over time within each nation - this site is designed to highlight where these changes are having an impact.
JCQ (GCSE, AS-/A-Level)
Exam entry and attainment data is sourced from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), a membership organisation for the eight largest awarding organisations in the UK.
Each year in August, JCQ publishes the aggregate results of A-Levels and GCSEs delivered by its members. The data published is provisional - results may subsequently change due to appeals and remarks. Comparisons to previous years on this site are similarly based on provisional results.
Wales: Qualifications Wales (GCSE and AS-/A-Level)
Department for Education (eligible qualifications)
Department for Education (double-weighted subjects)
Office for National Statistics (mid-year population estimates)
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