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GCE A-Level

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools entered one or more pupils for examination in (a) a modern language A level, (b) biology A level, (c) chemistry A level and (d) physics A level in the most recent year for which figures are available. (249885)

Of those maintained schools published in the 2008 School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables, 1,493 entered one or more pupils for a modern language A-level, 1,628 entered one or more pupils for biology A-level, 1,560 entered one or more pupils for chemistry A-level and 1,499 entered one or more pupils for physics A level in 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in schools of each type achieved three As at A-level excluding general studies in the last year for which data are available. (250365)

The information is provided in the following table:

Candidates1 aged 16 to 182 achieving 3 A grades at A level excluding General Studies by school type, 20083

School type

Number of candidates achieving 3 or more A grades4 at GCE/VCE/Applied A Level and Double Awards excluding General Studies

Comprehensive schools5

7,484

Selective schools

4,254

Modern schools

63

All maintained schools6

11,817

Independent schools7

10,156

All schools

21,973

Sixth form colleges

3,397

Other FE sector colleges

1,127

All FE sector colleges

4,524

All schools and FE sector colleges

26,497

1 16 to 18-year-old candidates entered for GCEA/CE applied A levels and Double Awards in 2008. 2 Age at the start of the 2007/08 academic year i.e. 31 August 2007. 3 Figures are based on amended data. 4 A VCE/GCE Applied Double Award at grade AA counts as two grade As, an award at grade AB counts as one. 5 Includes city technology colleges and academies. 6 Includes the results for community and foundation special schools, hospital schools and pupil referral units. 7 Includes non-maintained special schools.