A level results in Wales

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A level and Welsh Baccalaureate results

Today is A level results day for learners in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. Each year, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ – a membership organisation comprising the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK) publish summaries of the results.  The JCQ data shows the collective results of the entries of the member awarding bodies.

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Qualifications Wales Guest Blog: Changes to GCSEs

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In this guest blog, Jo Richards, Director of Regulation with Qualifications Wales, explains the changes introduced to GCSE examinations this year and what it may mean for this August’s results.

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A level and Welsh Baccalaureate results

18 August 2016

Article by Sian Hughes, National Assembly for Wales Research Service

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Today is A level results day for students in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ – a membership organisation comprising the seven providers of qualifications in the UK) publish summaries of the results [PDF 550KB]. The JCQ data shows the collective results of the entries of the member awarding bodies.  The results published by the JCQ relate to ‘entries’ and not to ‘candidates’. So, for example, the data can show that performance has increased or declined at A level or within the grades.  It cannot show whether more boys or girls achieve two or more passes at A levels.  The data relates to the outcome of the individual subject areas for all regardless of their age.

The data in the tables below compare results for 2015 and 2016. This comparison is made based on the data published by JCQ on A level results day in 2015. Data is provisional and they represent the position at the time that results are issued.  Data are subject to checking before final data at Wales, local authority and school level is published.

Provisional A level data (entries and not candidates) was published on 18 August 2016.

Comparison between 2015 and 2016

  • In Wales and England the overall pass rate has remained the same, 97.3 per cent and 98.1 per cent respectively;
  • The percentage of entries achieving grades A*-C has decreased in Wales, by 0.5 per cent to 73.8 per cent with a small increase of 0.3 per cent in England;
  • In Wales, there has been a decrease in the percentage of entries achieving A*-A grades by 0.4 per cent to 22.7 per cent. In England there was a decrease of 0.1 per cent;
  • In Wales there was a decrease in the percentage of entries achieving grade A*of 0.7 per cent to 6.6 per cent. In England, there was a decrease of 0.2 per cent.

Male and females

  • Once again, females continue to achieve better grades than males in both Wales and England, with the exception of the percentage achieving grade A*. In Wales, at grade A* the gap between males and females has decreased from 0.9 per cent to 0.2 per cent;
  • In other grades, in Wales, the gap in achievement between males and females has increased since last year at grades A*-A, A*-C and A*-E.

Wales and England     

  • England continues to achieve better results than Wales, with the gap increasing at all grades except for grades A*-E where the gap remained the same.

Tables 1 and 2 show the percentages of entries in all subjects by grade attained for Wales and England, male and female entries and for 2015 and 2016.

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Welsh Baccalaureate

Summer results for the Advanced Welsh Bac are also published today. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is delivered at schools, colleges and training providers throughout Wales. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (Welsh Bac) consists of two parts; ‘Options’ and a ‘Core Programme’. The ‘Options’ must be completed by students studying for all levels of the Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma, and are options selected from established, approved courses or programmes (for example GCSEs, Vocational GCSEs, AS/A Levels, Vocational A Levels).

The ‘Core Programme’ are personal development studies which students must complete along with their Options. To be awarded a Diploma, candidates must meet the requirements of both the Options and the Core. The Core was graded for the first time last year.

At Advanced level:

  • There was a percentage increase in candidates being awarded the Advanced Diploma from 87.3 per cent in 2015 to 89.8 per cent in 2016;
  • 94.4 per cent of candidates achieving the Core Certificate, compared with 92.2 per cent in 2015;

18.5 per cent achieved grade A* for the Core compared with 12.2 per cent last year.

A level results

13 August 2015

Article by Sian Hughes, National Assembly for Wales Research Service

Students in Wales, England and Northern Ireland receive their A level results today. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ – a membership organisation comprising the seven providers of qualifications in the UK) publish summaries of the results. The JCQ data shows the collective results of the entries of the member awarding bodies. The results published by the JCQ relate to ‘entries’ and not to ‘candidates’. So, for example, the data can show that performance has increased or declined at A level or within the grades. It cannot show whether more boys or girls achieve five or more passes at GCSE. The data relates to the outcome of the individual subject areas for all regardless of their age.

The data in the tables below compare results for 2014 and 2015. This comparison is made based on the data published by JCQ on A level results day in 2014. Data is provisional and they represent the position at the time that results are issued. Data are subject to checking before final data at national (Wales), local authority and school level is published.

Provisional A level data was published on 13 August 2015. The information relates to entries and not candidates.

Comparison between 2014 and 2015

  • In Wales, there has been a small decrease in the overall pass rate (by 0.2 per cent) to 97.3 per cent. In England there was a small increase of 0.1 per cent;
  • The percentage of entries achieving grades A*-C has decreased in Wales, by 0.9 per cent to 74.3 per cent with an increase of 0.7 per cent in England;
  • In Wales, there has been a decrease in the percentage of entries achieving A*-A grades by 0.2 per cent to 23.1 per cent. In England there was a decrease of 0.1 per cent;
  • In Wales there was an increase in the percentage of entries achieving grade A*of 0.6 per cent to 7.3 per cent. There was no change in England.

Male and females

  • Females continue to achieve better grades than males in both Wales and England, with the exception of the percentage achieving grade A*. At grade A* the gap between males and females has increased slightly in Wales;
  • In other grades, in Wales, the gap in achievement between males and females has decreased since last year at grades A*-A, A*-C and A*-E.
  • Wales and England       
  • England continues to achieve better results than Wales, with the gap increasing at all grades except for grades A* where the gap closed by 0.6 per cent.

Tables 1 and 2 show the percentages of entries in all subjects by grade attained for Wales and England, male and female entries and for 2014 and 2015.

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Welsh Baccalaureate

Summer results for the Advanced Welsh Bac are also published today. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is delivered at schools, colleges and training providers throughout Wales. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (Welsh Bac) consists of two parts; ‘Options’ and a ‘Core Programme’. The ‘Options’ must be completed by students studying for all levels of the Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma, and are options selected from established, approved courses or programmes (for example GCSEs, Vocational GCSEs, AS/A Levels, Vocational A Levels).

The ‘Core Programme’ are personal development studies which students must complete along with their Options. To be awarded a Diploma, candidates must meet the requirements of both the Options and the Core. The Core is graded for the first time this year.

At Advanced level:

  • There was a percentage increase in candidates being awarded the Advanced Diploma from 87.1 per cent in 2014 to 87.4 per cent in 2015;
  • 92.2 per cent of candidates achieving the Core Certificate, compared with 92.4 per cent in 2014;
  • 12.2 per cent achieved grade A* for the Core
    29.3 per cent achieved grade A for the Core
    30.3 per cent achieved grade B for the Core
    20.4 per cent achieved grade C for the Core

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A level results

14 August 2014

Article by Sian Hughes, National Assembly for Wales Research Service

Image from Pixabay.  Licensed under the Creative Commons.

Image from Pixabay. Licensed under the Creative Commons.

Students in Wales, England and Northern Ireland receive their A level results today. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ – a membership organisation comprising the seven providers of qualifications in the UK) publish summaries of the results. The JCQ data shows the collective results of the entries of the member awarding bodies. The results published by the JCQ relate to ‘entries’ and not to ‘candidates’. So, for example, the data can show that performance has increased or declined at A level or within the grades. It cannot show whether more boys or girls achieve five or more passes at GCSE.

Teaching unions ATL and ASCL have urged caution in comparing Wales exam results with others in the UK because of increasing differences in exam systems in Wales and England. Ofqual has written an open letter to schools and colleges in England stating that the removal of January AS and A level exams (announced in November 2012) may have had a significant impact on schools and colleges. This is likely to mean that results will look different from previous years, even though standards have been held steady.

The data in the tables below compare results for 2013 and 2014. This comparison is made based on the data published by JCQ on A level results day in 2013. Data is provisional and they represent the position at the time that results are issued. Data are subject to checking before final data at national (Wales), local authority and school level is published.

Provisional A level data was published on 14 August 2014. The information relates to entries and not candidates.

Comparison between 2013 and 2014

  • In Wales, there has been a small decrease in the overall pass rate (by 0.1 per cent) to 97.5 per cent. In England there was also a decrease of 0.1 per cent;
  • The percentage of entries achieving grades A*-C has remained the same in Wales with a decrease of 0.5 per cent in England;
  • In Wales, there has been an increase in the percentage of entries achieving A*-A grades by 0.4 per cent. In England there was a decrease of 0.3 per cent;
  • In Wales, and England, there were increases for the percentage of entries achieving grade A*of 0.7 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively.

Male and females

  • Females continue to achieve better grades than males in both Wales and England, with the exception of the percentage achieving grade A*. At grade A* the gap between males and females has increased slightly in both Wales and England;
  • In other grades, in Wales, the gap in achievement between males and females has increased since last year at grades A*-C and A*-E but the gap has lessened at grades A*-A. In England there is a similarly mixed picture with the gap at A*-A being lower, at A*-E being higher and the gap at A*-C remaining the same.

Wales and England:      

  • England continues to achieve better results than Wales, although comparisons with last year, particularly at higher grades, have been more favourable for Wales.

Tables 1 and 2 show the percentages of entries in all subjects by grade attained for Wales and England, male and female entries and for 2013 and 2014.

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Source: Joint Council for Qualifications, A, AS and AEA (Advanced Extension Award) Results Summer 2014

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Source: Joint Council for Qualifications, A, AS and AEA Results Summer 2013

Welsh Bacc

Summer results for the Advanced Welsh Bac are also published today. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is delivered at schools, colleges and training providers throughout Wales. The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (Welsh Bac) consists of two parts; ‘Options’ and a ‘Core Programme’.   The ‘Options’ must be completed by students studying for all levels of the Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma, and are options selected from established, approved courses or programmes (for example GCSEs, Vocational GCSEs, AS/A Levels, Vocational A Levels).

The ‘Core Programme’ are personal development studies which students must complete along with their Options. To be awarded a Diploma, candidates must meet the requirements of both the Options and the Core.

At Advanced level:

  • The number of candidates completing the Welsh Bac continues to grow.
  • There was a percentage increase in candidates being awarded the Advanced Diploma from 82.7 per cent in 2013 to 87.1 per cent in 2014, an increase of 4.4 per cent;
  • There was an increase in the percentage of candidates achieving the Core Certificate, from 88.4 per cent to 92.4 per cent, an increase of 4 per cent.

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Source: Welsh Government Press Release