GCE A-level and GCSE

Department for Education written question – answered at on 11 March 2024.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average point score was at (a) GCSE and (b) A level in each local authority in each year since 2010.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Education)

The department produces two average point score measures at GCSE, Average Attainment 8 and Average Ebacc APS. Average Attainment 8 was first introduced to all schools in the 2015/16 academic year, and Average Ebacc APS was first introduced in the 2017/18 academic year. More information can be found in the Secondary accountability measures guide here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progress-8-school-performance-measure. The data can be found at the following links:

Figures are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4 who attended state-funded schools in England.

The A level average point score (APS) for each local authority in England, including number of students and average grade from 2014/15 to 2022/23, are available from the links below.

Prior to that, APS data for local authorities covered all level 3 qualifications (A levels, but also other level 3 academic and vocational qualifications) where links are provided for the 2009/10 to 2013/14 academic years.

All figures are based on students at the end of 16-18 study who attended state-funded schools and colleges in England.

Note that APS data for the 2015/16 to 2022/23 academic years for A levels is on a scale of 0-60, where a grade A* is given 60 points and a grade E is 10 points. APS data for the 2009/10 to 2014/15 academic years uses an older QCDA points scale where A level grades are on the scale 0-300, where a grade A* is 300 points and a grade E is 150 points. Vocational qualification grades are scaled 0-270.

2014/15 - 2022/23 data: A level APS per entry and grade:

2009/10 to 2013/14: Level 3 APS per entry:

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