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