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Level 2 Attainment

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people aged 19 achieved level 2 by (a) the age of 16 including English and mathematics and (b) by the age of 19 including English and mathematics in each year since 1997. (124834)

We do not currently have information on level 2 attainment by age 19 including English and Maths.

The proportion of pupils achieving 5+ GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths by the age of 16 are given in table 1.

Table 1: proportion of pupils aged 151 achieving 5+ A*-C including English and maths

Percentage of pupils aged 15 achieving 5+ A*-C inc. English and maths

1997

35.6

1998

37.0

1999

38.6

2000

40.0

2001

40.7

2002

42.1

2003

41.9

2004

42.6

2005

44.3

2006

45.3

1 Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year (i.e. 31 August).

The proportion of young people qualified to level 2 by age and cohort is given in table 2.

Table 2: proportion of young people qualified to level 2 or higher, by age and cohort

Percentage

Attained level 2+ by age:

Cohort

161

17

18

19

20

21

Population2

19 in 2004

49.2

56.1

62.0

66.3

69.1

71.1

614,560

19 in 2005

50.3

58.5

64.9

69.3

72.0

n/a

618,400

19 in 2006

52.2

60.1

67.1

71.4

n/a

n/a

631,890

19 in 2007

53.0

62.2

70.4

n/a

n/a

n/a

652,180

19 in 2008

55.5

64.9

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

645,400

19 in 2009

57.2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

656,210

n/a = Data not available.

1 Estimates at age 16 differ from other published figures on the attainment of pupils aged 15 in schools and colleges because different denominators are used and matching means the numerators are not quite the same.

2 The population is the size of the cohort at academic age 14, taken from the Annual Schools Census count for the relevant year. For example, the 19 in 2006 population (people aged 18 on 31 August 2005) is the number of pupils aged 14 on 31 August 2001.