Qualifications Wales publishes summer results update

Friday 04 Sep 2020

Qualifications Wales today published an update to our summer results review, giving the best estimates of the final national results for grades awarded this summer.

We published an overview of revised provisional results for A level, AS, GCSE and the Skills Challenge Certificate in Wales on 20 August, following the Education Minister’s announcement that learners in Wales would be awarded their Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs).

These were estimates based on the latest data available to us at the time. This has now been updated with expanded analysis based on the latest data.

The move to award qualifications based on CAGs means that grades are the professional judgement of teachers, except where grades already issued or calculated are higher than the CAG. All CAGs provided by schools and colleges have been approved by the Head of Centres.

For all qualifications we have included comparisons on what the results would have been if CAGs alone had been used to award grades to learners in Wales in 2020.

We have also included new data on what national results for GCSE and the key stage 4 Skills Challenge Certificate would have been if the grades from the standardisation approach had been published.

The overview also contains an updated initial equalities analysis of results. We have announced separately our intention to publish further statistics in relation to this summer’s results.

A level Results 2015-2020 (cumulative percentage)

 

A*

A*-A

A*-E

Number of grades

2020 (revised)

16.7

43.7

99.9

30,510

2020 (CAG)

15.5

40.6

99.9

30,350

2020 (standardised)

10.8

29.9

98.6

30,450

2019

9.1

27.0

97.6

31,485

2018

8.7

26.3

97.4

32,445

2017

8.3

25.0

97.7

33,295

2016

6.6

22.7

97.3

35,535

2015

7.3

23.1

97.3

36,035

 

AS Results 2015-2020 (cumulative percentage)

 

A

A-E

Number of grades

2020 (revised)

29.8

98.5

45,475

2020 (CAG)

29.4

98.4

43,940

2020 (standardised)

22.2

91.4

44,435

2019

20.3

90.0

39,645

2018

20.4

90.0

42,915

2017

19.1

88.9

46,125

2016

18.0

88.3

49,145

2015

16.2

86.8

52,770

 

GCSE Results summer 2020 (cumulative percentage) (all ages)

 

A/7

C/4

G/1

2020 (revised)

25.9

74.5

99.6

2020 (CAG)

24.6

73.7

99.5

2020 (standardised)

20.6

66.5

97.9

Source: awarding bodies

  1. The data includes results for GCSEs graded A*-G designed for Wales as well as GCSEs graded 9-1 designed for England.
  2. Includes full course and double award science (which is double counted) GCSE, but excluding short courses
  3. GCSE Results summer 2015-2019 (cumulative percentage) (all ages)

 

A/7

C/4

G/1

2019

18.4

62.8

97.2

2018

18.5

61.6

96.4

2017

17.9

62.8

96.9

2016

19.4

66.6

98.7

2015

19.2

66.6

98.7

Source: JCQ

 

 

 

 

Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

The Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate is equivalent in size and demand to an A level. It uses the same grading scale and carries the same UCAS tariff points.

The revised Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate grades are higher than those published on Thursday 13 August 2020, and also substantially higher than results between 2017 and 2019.

Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate Revised Provisional Results 2017 - 2020 (cumulative percentage)

 

A*

A*-A

A*-E

Number of grades

2020 (revised)

8.5

28.8

99.6

11,795

2020 (CAG)

7.3

27.9

99.4

11,485

2020 (standardised)

6.5

22.7

98.0

11,795

2019

4.6

21.7

97.8

11,880

2018

3.9

21.5

97.7

12,015

2017

1.5

14.6

94.0

11,120

Source: WJEC

 

The full report is available on the Qualifications Wales website. JCQ is due to publish final provisional results the week commencing 10 September.

 

Notes for editors

Definitions

Results labelled as ‘2020 (revised)’ are best estimates of final national results. These figures may be calculated using a slightly different subset of results compared to final JCQ published figures for 2020.

Results labelled as ‘2020 (standardised)’ are the results that were calculated by the standardisation model developed by WJEC and approved by Qualifications Wales. For A level, AS and the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, these are the calculated results released on 13 August. For GCSE and the Key Stage 4 Skills Challenge Certificate, these are the results that were due to be published on 23 August before the decision to base results on centre assessment grades.

Results labelled as ‘2020 (CAG)’ are the results that would have been awarded if only centre assessment grades had been used.