Map of A level grade outcomes by county in England




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Note: Only subjects taken by approximately 2,500 students are included.
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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 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 examination series.



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. How were grades awarded in summer 2020?

The summer 2020 exam series was cancelled due to the measures put in place in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a consequence, results were calculated using centre-assessed grades and ranks, which were standardised by reference to the past performance of centres and the prior attainment of candidates. Further details of the grade calculation process can be found here.


4. What subjects are included?

The subjects presented are A level subjects which were taken by approximately 2,500 students in summer 2020. Most A levels are now reformed. For more information about the reform timetable, please see here.


5. Which students are included?

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


6. 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. Where there are no students this is indicated as '0'.


7. 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.


8. 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.


9. Where does this data come from?

Data is supplied to Ofqual by examination boards shortly before results day. At the point in time Ofqual receives the data, all certificates and entries may not have been fully processed. Additionally, the data does not reflect changes to grades that may occur after results day.


10. 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.


11. 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.



For any feedback on these graphs, please contact data.analytics@ofqual.gov.uk.

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