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 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.
 This relates to externally set and marked exam scripts and does not include internal assessment