Students getting 3 A grades or better at A level
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%)
The ethnic categories used in this data
This data uses categories from the Department for Education’s school census. These groupings are broadly based on the 2001 national Census, with 2 exceptions:
- White Irish Traveller and White Gypsy and Roma children have been separated into 2 categories
- pupils in the Chinese ethnic group are in a separate category from Asian pupils
These changes were made after consultations with local authorities and lobby groups.
2. 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
The data used for this analysis comes from the National Pupil Database.
Students are included in the data if they completed their studies at the end of the 2018 to 2019 academic year, or are aged 18 years at the start of the academic year and have not been reported in the performance tables at their current allocated provider.
A level qualifications include:
- A/AS levels
- applied single A/AS levels
- applied double A/AS levels
- combined A/AS level
Characteristics such as ethnicity and free school meal eligibility are not routinely or consistently collected for students aged 16 to 18 years.
Characteristics data is sourced from school census data collected when they were usually 16 years old. This method means 83% of students have ethnicity information available.
Students who were unmatched might have:
- attended an independent school before their A levels and not been included in the school census
- moved to England after the school census data was collected
The distribution of characteristics of the unmatched students is likely to be different from those who have been matched, particularly because students from independent schools are more likely to have high attainment at the end of key stage 4.
Percentages in the charts and tables are rounded to the nearest 1 decimal place.
Further technical information
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
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