Students getting 3 A grades or better at A level
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1. Main facts and figures
- 13.0% of students got 3 A grades or better (including students whose ethnicity wasn’t known)
- 25.7% of students from the Chinese ethnic group got 3 A grades or better – the highest percentage out of all ethnic groups
- 5.5% of Black students got 3 A grades or better – the lowest percentage out of the 6 aggregated ethnic groups
- 11.2% of students with Mixed ethnicity got 3 A grades or better – this was followed by White students (11.0%), students from the Asian ethnic group (11.0%), students from the Other ethnic group (10.2%)
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data measures the percentage of A level students in England aged 16 to 18 who got 3 A grades or better, by ethnicity.
A level qualifications include:
- A/AS levels
- applied single A/AS levels
- applied double A/AS levels
- combined A/AS level
Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place.
The ethnic groups used in the data
The ethnic groups are based on the 18 ethnic groups used in the 2011 Census, with 2 exceptions:
- there are separate categories for Traveller of Irish Heritage, and Gypsy and Roma pupils
- the Chinese ethnic group has its own category, and is not part of the Asian ethnic group
Ethnicity was not known for 17% of students. This is mainly because students who attended independent schools did not have their ethnicity recorded in the Department for Education’s school census.
Students whose ethnicity was not known are included in the figures for ‘All’ ethnicities, and results for this group are shown in the table.
Read the detailed methodology document for the data used on this page.
Previously published data on A level results used a different methodology and is not comparable.
The number of students taking reformed AS qualifications in England has dropped since new AS and A Levels were implemented in September 2015. This makes it more difficult to compare results over time.
3. By ethnicity
|Ethnicity||%||Students in cohort|
|Mixed White/Black African||8.3||1,080|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||6.2||1,812|
Summary of Students getting 3 A grades or better at A level By ethnicity Summary
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Education
Purpose of data source
The main purpose of this data is to measure schools/colleges' and students' performance, to monitor and improve standards and inform parental and student choice.
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, age group, geography, value, denominator