Size and scale of the system

The public examination system is a vast and highly complex operation deploying some of the nation’s best educational expertise in an intensive period to produce results across a range of qualifications.  In August 2016, we issued:

·         2,101,329 GCE results.  This figure includes:

·         836,705 results for GCE A-Level

·         1,196,380 results for GCE AS

·         68,244 results for Applied GCE A-Level & AS

·         5,368,147 GCSE results. This figure includes:

·         5,240,796 results for GCSE Full Course

·         113,407 results for GCSE Short Course

·         13,944 results for GCSE Double Award

·         35,608 results were issued for the Extended Project qualification.

·         5,672 results were issued for the Level 1 and Level 2 Project qualifications.

·         52,849 results were issued for Entry Level Certificates.

·         In 2016, around 15.4 million GCSE and A level examination scripts[1] were marked. Approximately 51,000 examiners were employed by exam boards with the majority involved in the marking and moderation of GCSEs, A levels, AS and other academic qualifications.

·         Hundreds of staff are employed to process the results in a tight time-frame of seven weeks from the date of the last examination.

·         In 2016, candidates entered for specifications spanning 49 GCSE subject areas and 36 GCE subject areas.  In most subjects there is a choice of syllabus or specification and a choice of content.

The qualifications with the largest numbers of entries were GCSE mathematics, with 757,296 entries, and GCSE English, with 513,285 entries.  


[1] This relates to externally set and marked exam scripts and does not include internal assessment


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