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Gcse Point Scores

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCSE point score for pupils in (a) technology, (b) sports, (c) arts, (d) languages, (e) engineering, (f) science, (g) maths and computing and (h) business and enterprise specialist schools was in the last year for which figures are available. [113721]

The 2002 results for schools, which were operational specialist schools1 as at September 2001, are shown in the table. There were no designated business and enterprise, engineering, science, mathematics and computing colleges in operation until September 2002, and therefore, no results are available.

1 Special schools are excluded from these figures.

2002 average capped1 GCSE/GNVQ point score2

Technology colleges36.2
Sports colleges33.7
Art colleges34.2

1 Average capped GCSE/GNVQ point scores are calculated using the best eight GCSE/GNVQ results.

2 GCSE/GNVQ point scores are calculated as follows:

GCSE grades A* to G count as 8 to 1 points respectively, GCSE Short Courses grades A* to G count as 4 to ½ respectively. The GNVQ grades D, M and P count as 71/2, 6 and 5 points respectively at Intermediate level, and 4, 3 and 11/2 points respectively at Foundation level. These points need to be multiplied by 2 for GNVQ Part One and by 4 for Full GNVQs.