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  • Release date: 7 December 2016
  • Period covered: 2015/16
  • Next update: October 2017
An annual report collated from examination bodies on the results of external examinations taken by pupils aged 15 or 17, which includes GCSE and A Levels by subject.

This provides the final results of external examinations taken by pupils in Year 11 (“Key Stage 4”) or pupils aged 17 at the start of the academic year in schools in Wales in 2015/16.

This report contains figures which have been calculated on a different basis to previous years, mainly due to the recommendations of the Review of Qualifications. These changes in methodology mean that data for 2016 is not directly comparable to previous years. Full details of the methodological changes are in the release. The headline data for 2016 is presented for pupils in year 11. However, tables 1,2 and 5 also include data for pupils aged 15 in 2016 on a most comparable basis, where we have tried to take into account the effect of some of the changes. It is not possible to account for the change in the maximum size of non-GCSEs or any associated behavioural change in schools but the data for pupils aged 15 is the most comparable to previous years and should be used for comparison purposes.

None of the changes affect data for pupils aged 17.

Key points

Pupils in Year 11

  • 60.3 per cent of pupils in Year 11 achieved the Level 2 inclusive threshold (Level 2 including a grade A*-C in English or Welsh first language and Mathematics).
  • The average capped wider points score was 344.6.
  • 35.6 per cent of pupils eligible for FSM achieved the L2 inclusive threshold.
  • 66.9 per cent of pupils achieved A*-C in maths.
  • 70.4 per cent of pupils achieved A*-C in either English or Welsh first language.

Pupils aged 17

  • 98.0 per cent of those entering a volume equivalent to 2 A levels achieved the Level 3 threshold, compared to 97.0 per cent in 2014/15.
  • The average wider points score was 823.2, 23.5 points higher than in 2014/15.


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