Full Time A Level Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Achievement (2016-17 Year-End)
Outcomes for Learners
Overall achievement rate A level
As highlighted in the 2015/16 ASIA, the college will no longer report on the outcomes for first year A level learners following the recent qualification reforms. AS qualifications have been removed as new linear two year A level programmes are introduced. The grade outcome for learners is determined by a final exam and the end of the full two year programme, rather than an exam at the end of each year. This year saw the first year where learners on these new programmes were completing.
It can be seen that whilst outcomes remain high, there has been a fall of 1.3% in A level achievement in 2016/17. Analysis of this shows that the bulk of this drop is linked to lower achievement in the new linear A level programmes when compared to learners on traditional AS-A2 programmes. This drop is also seen in the high grades analysis, showing that 62% of learners achieved an A*-C grade (compared to 67% in the previous year).
The national rate shown is from 2015/16 as national statistics are not yet available for 2016/17. We expect to see national rates drop as the impact of linear A level reform is felt. However it is clear that the college needs to do more to support learners to achieve in the new two year exam qualifications. We are revising our delivery models and exam preparation sessions to support learners with this.
Distance travelled by learners
Alps* Value Added indicator
*Alps - Advanced level performance system
The Alps T scores combine the provider’s value added indicator along with the top and bottom 25% teaching and learning indicators to provide an overall picture of performance. This is compared against the performance of all providers in the Alps benchmark and graded on a scale of 1 (best) to 9 (worst).
The value added score for our learners is a measure of their final grade compared to the grades and qualifications they achieved prior to their enrolment with us. It determines whether our learners are making enough progress with their studies. The ‘T score’ provides an overall measure of performance, as shown in the table above. The chart shows that our overall ‘T score’ grade for A level programmes in 2016/17 has fallen to 7, which indicates their performance is below expectations. Much of this is linked to the new linear A level qualification reform where we have seen fewer high grades than in previous years. We are also seeing lower performance in some learners where universities are now giving unconditional offers for places. This is a very disappointing result and why we are revisiting our entire delivery approach to better support learners undertaking the new two year exam model and to ensure that learners are continually stretched to reach the highest grade possible regardless of their university offer.