Examination statistics

Examination statistics

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A significant part of our research involves systematically exploring, summarising and presenting analyses of the data generated by examinations.

We produce a number of routine statistical reports each year to investigate topics such as subject uptake and attainment, popular subject combinations, subject provision in schools, and progression through different assessment routes. We also produce additional reports on areas of public concern or changes in educational policy. 

Many of these analyses are carried out for different groups of students using background variables such as gender, prior attainment, school type, ethnicity and social deprivation. The National Pupil Database is the source of data for the majority of these reports.

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New report on qualification provision

News, 03 September 2019

A report from Cambridge Assessment investigates whether there is evidence of a relationship between falls in funding and schools reducing their subject offer.

How old are GCSE candidates?

News, 04 October 2010

As featured in The Sunday Times (3 October 2010 'Pupils pushed into taking GCSEs early') Cambridge Assessment has published an analysis of the age of candidates taking GCSEs (including very young and adult entries) from 3 different years (2000, 2004, 2009).

International comparisons and education reform

Insight, 13 December 2012

In almost every country where we work the dominant political discourse in education is around international comparisons. So what does this mean for the UK?

6th Cambridge Assessment Conference - Examining Risk

Insight, 17 October 2012

The conference on 10 October addressed the issue of risk in examinations. So what can we learn from the past, what might be learned from insights within other fields, and how best we can confront the reality of risk in the future?

GCSE uptake and results 2002-2007

News, 02 November 2009

We have today uploaded a new statistics report on entries and results for all GCSE subject categories for England, Northern Ireland and Wales for the years 2002 to 2007.

A straightforward guide: A Levels and GCSEs in the UK

Insight, 15 February 2012

Our series of factsheets provides an overview of the content and design of UK A Levels and GCSEs, the role of exam boards and the regulator, and how these qualifications are created and marked.


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