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GCE A-Level

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of A level entrants were (a) 19 and (b) over 21 years of age in each year since 1997. (249241)

Table 1 shows the number of learners in further education undertaking at least one A level or AS level in each academic year since 2003/04 by age group, the earliest year for which we have comparable information.

Table 2 shows proportions, by age, of learners in further education undertaking at least one A or AS level.

Awarding Body data on A level examination entries is analysed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families as part of the “School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables” publication. However, this work only covers qualifications entered for by 16-18 year olds. Therefore, we do not have information readily available on adults entered for A level examinations.

Table 1: Learners in further education undertaking at least one A or AS level by age, 2003-04 to 2007-08

Age

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Under 19

201,800

199,900

197,700

197,800

197,800

19

6,900

6,500

5,600

4,900

4,800

20

3,700

3,000

2,400

2,000

1,800

21

2,300

2,000

1,500

1,300

1,000

Over 21

30,700

26,900

21,500

16,000

11,700

Total

245,400

238,300

228,700

222,000

217,100

Notes:

1. Age is based on age as at 31 August (academic age).

2. This information does not include learners studying A/AS Levels in Schools or Higher Education Institutions.

3. Figures may not sum to total due to rounding.

4. If a learner is studying A/AS levels over more than one year, they will be counted in each year for which they are studying.

5. It is not been possible to split out A level learners from those undertaking AS levels.

Source:

FE ILR

Table 2: Proportions, by age, of learners in further education undertaking at least one A or AS level by age, 2003/04 to 2007/08

Percentage

Age

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Under 19

82

84

86

89

91

19

3

3

2

2

2

20

2

1

1

1

1

21

1

1

1

1

0

Over 21

13

11

9

7

5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

Notes:

1. Age is based on age as at 31 August (academic age).

2. This information does not include learners studying A/AS Levels in Schools or Higher Education Institutions.

3. Figures may not sum to total due to rounding.

4. If a learner is studying A/AS levels over more than one year, they will be counted in each year for which they are studying.

5. It is not been possible to split out A level learners from those undertaking AS levels.

Source:

FE ILR