Map of A level grade outcomes by county in England


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1. What does the map show?

The map shows A level results (the percentage of students achieving specific grades) in England by subject and county for the summer 2018 examination series as well as the summer 2017 examination series. Data in the map represents the results that were issued on results day for both the years (16 August 2018 and 17 August 2017) and do not reflect any changes following post-results services.



2. How are the counties on the map defined?

The counties presented are the ceremonial counties of England as defined by the Lord Lieutenancies Act 1997. The map does not show individual Local Authorities. The Greater London region includes the City of London. An Ordnance Survey OpenData map dataset was used to define the county boundaries on the map.


3. What subjects are included?

The subjects presented are A level subjects which were taken by at least 10,000 students in summer 2018 (this would therefore exclude subjects such as French, German and Spanish). A levels are currently being reformed and these subjects include a mixture of reformed and legacy A levels. For more information about the reform timetable, please see here.


4. Which students are included?

For all the subjects listed, you can choose to see results for either all students who took A levels in that subject or just students aged 18 (the age that most students take A levels).


5. What does the pop-up box show?

When you click on any county on the map a pop-up box will appear. The pop-up box provides more information for the county based on the options you have selected (year, subject, grades and students). It also allows you to compare the county figures to the overall England figures. Key information displayed in a pop-up box is:
- the number of students in the county (in relevant age group) who certificated in the subject; and of those:
- the proportion in county receiving the selected grades; and
- the proportion in England overall receiving the grades.
For instance, in 2017, there were 320 students, aged 18, who certificated in Business in Norfolk. Of those 320 students, 3.7% achieved A*. In comparison, the proportion of 18-year olds who achieved A* in Business A level that year in England was 3.5%.
The number of students have been rounded to the nearest five. Where there are fewer than 25 students, this is indicated as 'fewer than 25' and where there are no students this is indicated as '0'.


6. What do the different colours in the map indicate?

The different colours indicate the range of the percentage of students achieving the grades selected across all of the counties. Therefore, the range given in the map legend changes with the options selected by you. The colours range from dark representing higher percentages to light representing lower percentages.


7. Why are we publishing this data?

We are publishing this data in the interests of openness and transparency and so that schools, policymakers and other stakeholders can access this data in an interactive manner and explore grade outcomes in England and across counties.


8. Where does this data come from?

Data is supplied to Ofqual by examination boards shortly before results day. At the point in time Ofqual received the data, all certificates and entries may not have been fully processed. Additionally, the data does not reflect any changes to grades from post-results enquiries. This means that it is possible that the figures presented here may not be the same as those presented in the Department for Education's statistical first release on A level results.


9. What is the function of the 'reset view' button?

The 'reset view' button will reset the zoom and map location to the default zoom level and a centered location within the map panel.


10. How do I scroll up and down the map?

If you are using a laptop or desktop computer you can scroll up, down, left and right using the arrow keys. If you are on a mobile or a tablet you can scroll the map using two fingers.