This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides the earliest information on the overall achievements of young people in GCE, VCE and Applied examinations and other equivalent qualifications. This information is based on data collated for the 2008 School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables (formerly Performance Tables) and covers achievements in all Level 3 qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000). The QCA tariff is used to calculate point scores for all Level 3 qualifications.

The 2008 achievement data presented in this SFR is currently in the process of being checked by schools and colleges. Revised figures will be published in January 2009 accounting for amendments made by schools up until the publication of the Achievement and Attainment Tables.


For students aged 16-18 in schools and colleges entered for all Level 3 qualifications in 2007/08 (Table 1)

  • The average QCA point score per candidate entered for Level 3 qualifications in 2007/08 was 733.5, compared with 731.2 in 2006/07.
  • The average Level 3 point score per entry was 209.1, compared with 207.5 in 2006/07.
  • 94.60f candidates achieved passes equivalent in size to at least 2 GCE/VCE A-levels, compared with 95.2 0n 2006/07.
  • 11.90f GCE/VCE A Level candidates achieved 3 or more A grades at A Level - the same as 2006/07.

Contact details

Richard Baker - Attainment Statistics Team
Telephone: 0114 274 2118