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Statistical reports: Patterns of GCSE and A-level uptake

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Emery, Joanne 
Vidal Rodeiro, Carmen 


Two new statistical reports have been added to the 'Statistics Reports' series on the Cambridge Assessment website (

  • Statistics Report Series No. 4: Uptake of GCSE subjects 2000 - 2006
  • Statistics Report Series No. 5: Uptake of GCE A-Level subjects in England 2006

Data for these reports were extracted from the 16+/18+ databases. These databases are compiled for the Department for Children, Schools and Families from data supplied by all the awarding bodies in England. They contain background details and national examination data for all candidates who have their 16th, 17th and 18th birthdays in a particular school year. Candidates are allocated a unique number that remains the same throughout their Key Stage tests, allowing matching of examination data for longitudinal investigations. Records are present only if the candidate has sat an examination in a particular subject, not just attended classes. This brief article outlines some of the results from both reports.




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