Provisional Entries for Summer 2020 GCSEs, AS, A levels, Skills Challenge Certificate, and Level 1/Level 2 Certificates for Wales

An annual report which presents provisional data on Entries for Summer 2020 GCSEs, AS, A levels, Skills Challenge Certificate, and Level 1/Level 2 Certificates for Wales.

Release Date: Friday 29 May, 2020
Period covered: Summer 2020
Next Update: May 2021 (Provisional)

An annual report which presents provisional data on Entries for Summer 2020 GCSEs, AS, A levels, Skills Challenge Certificate, and Level 1/Level 2 Certificates for Wales. 

Key Points 

Despite the unique circumstances around the summer 2020 exam series caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, provisional entries data has been collected as it normally would. 

GCSEs 

  • There were 307,925 GCSE entries for summer 2020. This is up by 0.7% compared to GCSE entries for summer 2019. 
  • Year 11 entries made up most of all GCSE entries for summer 2020 with 88.9% of entries from Year 11 learners. This proportion is unchanged from last summer. 
  • Year 9 or below, Year 10 and Year 12 had proportional increases in GCSE entries this summer compared to last year. Despite the overall increase, Year 11 entries saw a small reduction of 0.1% compared to summer 2019. 
  • There are three phases of reformed GCSEs approved for use in Wales being awarded this summer. 291,995 (94.8%) of the total summer 2020 entries were for these reformed qualifications. 

AS level 

  • There were 42,445 AS level entries for Wales for summer 2020, 1.9% more than for summer 2019 (41,645 entries). 
  • This increase breaks the consistent downward trends since summer 2015, when there were 57,030 AS level entries. 
  • Year 12 had the largest number of entries, with 32,985 entries in summer 2020. 
  • Year 12 saw an increase of 3.5% AS level entries compared to summer 2019, while all other year groups saw proportional decreases. 
  • 40,760 entries (96.0%) of the total summer 2020 entries were for reformed qualifications approved for use in Wales. 

A level 

  • There were 31,095 A level entries for summer 2020, 4.5% fewer than in summer 2019 (32,580 entries). 
  • The number of A level entries in Wales has seen a consistent year-on-year decrease since summer 2015, when there were 38,480 entries. 
  • Year 13 entries have decreased by 4.4% in summer 2020 (26,930 entries) compared to summer 2019 (28,165 entries). 
  • All other year groups also saw a decrease compared to summer 2019. 
  • 27,735 entries (89.2%) of the total summer 2020 entries were for reformed qualifications approved for use in Wales.

There are a number of factors that can influence why entries for year groups might change over time, for example changes to: 

  • Population size; 
  • Entry behavior e.g. when learners are entered for their GCSEs; 
  • The number of qualifications of each type being taken on average; 
  • The types of qualifications being taken in post-16. 

As this release is based on counts of entries at qualification level it is not possible for us to quantify the impact of such factors. We have commented on factors influencing changes in entries only where we are confident that these factors are likely to be associated with a change. 

Note, the full release and corresponding data tables are available in the download box. 

Contact 

Statistician 

Tel: 01633 373 261 

Email: statistics@qualificationswales.org 

Press 

Tel: 01633 373 216 

Email: comms@qualificationswales.org 

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