Entries and late entries for GCSE and A level in Wales: 2021/22 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 4 November, 2022
Period covered: 2021/22 academic year
Next Update: November 2023 (Provisional)

Key Points:

  • There were 863,095 GCSE entries in 2021/22. Of these 15.1% were late entries.
  • There were 88,715 A level entries and 82,810 AS entries in 2021/2022.
  • 9.7% of total A level entries and 11.8% of AS entries were late entries.
  • 332,975 GCSE certificates were awarded in 2021/22, a decrease of 2.1% compared to 2020/21.
  • 75,400 AS and A level certificates were awarded in 2021/22, a decrease of 4.6% compared to the previous year. This decrease was largely driven by a decrease in AS certificates while A level certificates increased.
  • For the purposes of these statistics, an entry is counted as a learner being put forward for an individual assessment. The definition of a late entry is set out in the background notes which accompany this release. The number of late entries does not necessarily represent the number of entries for which a late fee was applied.
  • For information on qualification-level entries in summer 2022, as well as commentary on external factors which may have influenced changes in entries, please see our statistical release Provisional Entries for Summer 2022 GCSEs, AS, A levels and Skills Challenge Certificate for Wales.
  • Due to the cancellation of summer exams in 2020 and 2021, and the different grading approach in summer 2022, figures for 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 are not directly comparable with each other or any other years.




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

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