Statistics on level 2 and 3 attainment by age 19 are published as LEVEL 2 AND 3 ATTAINMENT BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN ENGLAND MEASURED USING MATCHED ADMINISTRATIVE DATA: ATTAINMENT BY AGE 19 IN 2009 (PROVISIONAL) and include data from England covering overall Level 2 and 3 attainment by age, cohort, qualification type as well as breakdowns by gender, ethnicity, special educational needs (SEN) and whether in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) in the last year of compulsory schooling.

The latest statistics report on the period up to 2008/9 and update those previously released on 24 March 2009.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • In 2009, 78.7 percent of people aged 19 were qualified to at least Level 2. This is an increase 2.2 percentage points since 2008. The PSA target is for 82 per cent to have reached Level 2 by age 19 by 2011.
  • In 2009, 51.4 per cent of people aged 19 were qualified to Level 3, an increase of 1.6 percentage points on those people aged 19 in 2008. The PSA target is for 54 per cent to have reached Level 3 by age 19 by 2011.
  • The proportion of 16 to 19 year olds achieving Levels 2 and 3 via Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQs) has risen each year. VRQs are the most common way of reaching Level 2 post-16.
On 20 April additional information was added. Local Authority level data for both overall Level 2/3 rates and breakdowns by FSM status and national data on institution type where Level 2/3 attained are available as Excel files below. It was previously announced that attainment data by region would also be published on 20 April. This regional analysis, which uses a different methodology to the LA level data, requires further quality assurance and a further announcement will be made on this page and on the main Research and Statistics Gateway homepage about revised publication plans.

Contact details

Tim Thair
Telephone: 0114 274 2490
Email: Tim.Thair@education.gsi.gov.uk