This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides revised information on the overall achievements of young people in GCE and Applied GCE examinations and other equivalent qualifications in 2008/09. This updates the provisional SFR released in October 2009 and contains revised national level analyses by school type, gender and subject and revised local authority level analyses by gender. Further tables are provided separately on the DCSF statistics website only including alternative local breakdown analyses, time series giving achievements in GCE A/AS level subjects, and achievements in GCE A level subjects by institution type and Local Authority.

The information in this SFR is based on data collated for the 2009 School and College (Key Stage 5) Achievement and Attainment Tables, which has now been checked by schools, and covers achievements in all Level 3 qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000). The QCDA tariff is used to calculate point scores for all Level 3 qualifications.


  • 95.0 per cent of candidates achieved passes equivalent in size to at least 2 GCE/Applied GCE A-levels - a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from 2008; an increase of 0.9 percentage points from the provisional 2009 figure published in October.
  • 12.7 per cent of GCE/Applied GCE A level candidates achieved 3 or more A grades at A level - an increase of 0.6 percentage points from 2008 and an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the provisional figure.
  • The average point score per candidate entered for Level 3 qualifications is 739.1 - a decrease from 740.0 in 2008 and an increase from the provisional figure of 731.1.
  • The average point score per entry is 211.7, an increase from 209.4 in 2008 and an increase from the provisional figure of 211.2.