Entries and late entries for GCSE and A level in Wales: 2020/21 academic year

An annual release that presents data on the number of entries and late entries for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications in Wales.

Release Date: Friday 5 November, 2021
Period covered: 2020/21 academic year
Next Update: November 2022 (Provisional)

The data in this release is incomplete. At the time of publication, one awarding body has not provided data for the June 2021 series. The missing data is expected to represent less than 1% of total certificates for the series, so we have chosen not to delay publication of these statistics. These statistics will be revised once we have received the outstanding data.


Key Points:

  • 339,400 GCSE certificates were awarded in 2020/21, an increase of 2.5 per cent.
  • 78,380 AS and A level certificates were awarded in 2020/21, an increase of 0.3 per cent. This increase was largely driven by an increase in A level certificates while AS certificates decreased.
  • For the purposes of these statistics, an entry is counted as a learner being put forward for an individual assessment. For summer 2021, exams were cancelled and learners were not entered for individual assessments. Instead, entries were made for learners to receive an overall qualification grade. As a result, the definition of an entry used in this release is not applicable to summer 2021. Entries data is therefore not included in this release for summer 2021. Total certificates data is unaffected and is provided for summer 2021 in table 3.
  • For information on qualification-level entries in summer 2021, as well as commentary on external factors which may have influenced changes in entries, please see our statistical release “
  • The definition of a late entry for statistical purposes is an entry received after midnight on the closing date for each exam series. Awarding bodies have different dates after which a late fee is charged and so the late entry statistics do not necessarily represent the number of entries for which a late fee was charged.
  • This release contains data that may be affected by cancellation of summer 2020, January 2021 and summer 2021 exams as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patterns in entries may differ from previous years and may not be representative of how entries would have looked had exams gone ahead as normal.
  • Due to the effect of the pandemic, figures for 2019/20 and 2020/21 are not directly comparable with each other or any other years




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