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 grades awarded for specific grades) in England by subject and county for the summer 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 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 2022?

The aim of awarding in summer 2022 was to seek a midway point between summer 2019 and summer 2021. As in any year, grade boundaries were set based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Further information is available on the Ofqual website, in the student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 to 2022, and in our blog.


4. How were grades awarded in summer 2021 and summer 2020?

The government determined in January 2021 that many exams and assessments could not be held fairly in summer 2021 as a result of the disruption students have faced due to the pandemic. Teachers were asked instead to submit grades to the exam boards, based on their assessment of what students have shown they know and can do, enabling progression to the next stage of education, training, or employment. The student guide to awarding in summer 2021 gives further information.

The summer 2020 exam series was cancelled due to the measures put in place in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Students were awarded either the centre assessment grade or the calculated grade, whichever was the higher. Further information about the alternative arrangements for awarding in summer 2020 is available on the Ofqual website .


5. What subjects are included?

The subjects presented are A level subjects which were taken by approximately 2,500 students in summer 2022.

The all subjects category only includes subjects which were taken by approximately 2,500 students in summer 2022.


6. 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).


7. 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 grades awarded in the county (in relevant age group) for the selected subject; and of those:

- the proportion of grades awarded for the selected grade in the county; and

- the proportion of grades awarded for the selected grade in the England.

For instance, in 2018, there were 350 grades awarded, for students aged 18, who certificated in Business in Norfolk. Of those 320 grades, 4% were A*. In comparison, the proportion of 18-year olds who achieved A* in Business A level that year in England was 3.4%.

The number of grades awarded have been rounded to the nearest five. Where there are fewer than 25 grades, this is indicated. Where there are no awards this is indicated as '0'.


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

The different colours indicate the range of the percentage of grades awarded for 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.


9. 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.


10. Where does this data come from?

Data are supplied to Ofqual by examination boards near to results day. At the point in time Ofqual receive the data, all certificates and entries may not have been fully processed. Additionally, the data do not reflect changes to grades that may occur after results.


11. 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.


12. 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.



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