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Edexcel

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils will sit at least one (a) GCSE, (b) AS and (c) A-level examination paper written by Edexcel in the summer of 2006; and what proportion that figure represents of all pupils taking each level of examination. (82003)

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), through the National Assessment Agency, regularly collects during the examination series data from the unitary awarding bodies in England on the total number of candidates entered for GCE and GCSE examinations. It does not, however, hold data on how many individual pupils sit at least one GCSE, AS or A-level paper.

Provided as follows is the number of entries for each examination unit and the number of candidates seeking a qualification award in summer 2006. (The figures are provisional.)

GCSE

GCE

Number of candidates seeking a qualification award in summer 2006

5,375,671

1,845,066

Number of candidates seeking an Edexcel qualification award

1,313,017

492,398

Percentage

24.43

26.67

Total number of unit entries for examinations in summer 2006

4,918,441

5,931,144

Total number of unit entries for Edexcel examinations

1,840,225

1,698,438

Percentage

37.41

28.64