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Teaching: Qualifications

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the average AS-level attainment of those commencing (a) a Bachelor of Education degree course; and (b) a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. [HL1494 ]

The average qualification level of first year trainees on undergraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses, mainly leading to a Batchelor of Education, is shown in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Average Qualification of Undergraduate Entrants to ITT1

Academic Year

Average A/AS level point Score2

Average Tariff score3

1998-99

15.4

n/a

1999-00

15.3

n/a

2000-01

15.1

n/a

2001-02

15.3

n/a

2002-03

-

238.7

2003-04

-

249.1

2004-05

-

255.1

2005-06

-

266.5

Source: TDA Performance Profiles

Notes

1. A/AS level scores were used to assess candidates up to 2001-02 and UCAS tariff scores from 2002-03 onwards.

2.Candidates with more than three A-levels are scored for the best three; candidates with two or more A-levels are scored; candidates with fewer than two A-levels are excluded. AS-levels are scored as half an A-level. A grade A at A-level scored 10 points, a grade B 8 points, a grade C 6 points a grade D 4 points and a grade E 2 points.

3. UCAS introduced the tariff score to take account of Curriculum 2000; it was designed to make different qualifications comparable. It is based on a number of qualifications including A/AS levels and for example a grade A at A-level scores 120 points, a grade B scores 100 points, a grade C scores 80 points, a grade D scores 60 points and a grade E scores 40 points. Tariff scores cover those entrants for which data are collected. In addition there are numbers of entrants for which tariff score data are not collected, relating to qualifications including Access courses, OND/ONC, HND/HNC, GCE, A/SCE, Higher, GNVQ/GSVQ, NVQ/SVQ level 3

4. Includes Universities and other Higher Education Institutions, Open University and employment-based ITT.

The average AS-level attainment is not available for entrants to postgraduate ITT courses, so instead we have provided the percentage of entrants on postgraduate ITT courses with a UK 1st degree classification of 2:2 and above in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Percentage of Entrants to Postgraduate ITT with UK 1st or 2nd Class Honours Degree

Academic Year

Percentage awarded 2:2 or higher for 1st degree

1998-99

92%

1999-00

92%

2000-01

92%

2001-02

92%

2002-03

92%

2003-04

92%

2004-05

92%

2005-06

93%

Source: TDA performance profiles

Notes

1. Includes Universities and other Higher Education Institutions, SCITT Open University and employment-based ITT.

2. Excludes those trainees with a UK degree for which the classification was unknown and not defined.

3. Excludes entrants with an degree-equivalent qualification or non-UK degree