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Qualifications: Age

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many students aged 20 or over took (a) GCSEs and (b) A-levels in (i) English Literature, (ii) English Language and (iii) Mathematics in each year since 1997; (156955)

(2) how many students aged 20 or over received (a) an A*, (b) an A, (c) a B, (d) a C, (e) a D and (f) an E grade or less at (i) GCSE and (ii) A-level in (A) English Literature, (B) English Language and (C) Mathematics in each year since 1997.

The following table shows the number of adult (aged 19 plus) starts and achievers of GCSE or GCE A Level in English Literature, English and Mathematics with expected end year 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06. The Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) Further Education (FE) Individualised Learner Record (ILR) was collated for the first time in 2002/03 and figures are given from that time.

Starters

Achievers

Number of High grades1

2002/03

GCSE English Literature

335

189

149

GCSE English

13,441

8,009

5,967

GCSE Mathematics

20,209

11,168

7,846

GCE A Level English Literature

296

179

79

GCE A Level English

159

84

41

GCE A Level Mathematics

236

103

42

2003/04

GCSE English Literature

217

140

110

GCSE English

11,949

7,587

5,838

GCSE Mathematics

18,261

10,962

7,942

GCE A Level English Literature

231

131

59

GCE A Level English

156

83

35

GCE A Level Mathematics

196

121

70

2004/05

GCSE English Literature

167

122

100

GCSE English

10,909

7,187

5,460

GCSE Mathematics

17,236

10,902

7,863

GCE A Level English Literature

208

124

47

GCE A Level English

101

51

16

GCE A Level Mathematics

125

78

44

2005/06

GCSE English Literature

154

93

68

GCSE English

10,202

7,080

5,495

GCSE Mathematics

15,566

10,399

7,396

GCE A Level English Literature

132

86

45

GCE A Level English

76

46

20

GCE A Level Mathematics

72

42

24

1 High grades are A*-C at GCSE and A-B at GCE A Level.

Source:

LSC ILR FE qualification level success rate data