National Qualifications 2008

Entries and awards for National Units and high uptake Group Awards, 2007 and 2008

  Entries Awards
  2007 2008 2007 2008
National Units 1,932,803 1,984,020 1,430,046 1,553,593
National Certificate (NC)1 3,872 4,679 2,199 2,633
National Progression Awards (NPA)2 8,444 12,698 4,581 6,367

1 Includes NCGAs.
2 Includes SPAs.

National Units

There has been a steady rise in National Unit entries since 2005. In 2008 there was a 3% increase in entries on the previous year.

Awards have grown by 9%, continuing the trend of increases since 2004.

There were more entries from female learners (52%) than male (48%).

The most popular National Units were in Science and Mathematics areas.

National Unit entries from learners in centres outwith Scotland (1,699) made up less than 0.1% of the total uptake.

National Certificates

In 2008 the numbers of National Certificate entries and awards rose by 21% and 20%, respectively.

There were considerably more entries from male learners (60%) than females (40%).

The most popular National Certificates were Early Education and Childcare (Higher) with 812 entries, and Engineering Practice with 648 entries.

National Progression Awards (including Scottish Progression Awards)

There were considerably more entries in 2008 — a rise of 50%.

Awards increased by 39%.

There were more entries from male learners than female (61% male, 39% female).

The most popular courses were Beginner PC Passport (Intermediate 1) with 3,838 entries, and Intermediate PC Passport (Intermediate 2) with 2,125 entries.

There’s more information on National Units and Group Awards in the Annual Statistical Report 2008, tables NU 1-6d, OS NU 1-3b, GA 1-6 and OS GA 1-6b.

Standard Grade 2008

Entries and number of learners entered for Standard Grade, 2007 and 2008

  Entries Number of learners
  2007 2008 2007 2008
Standard Grade* 404,693 386,915 68,384 68,705

*Entries exclude the Writing option of Gaelic (Learners).

Entries for Standard Grade decreased by 4% from the previous year, although the number of learners sitting one or more subjects increased.

Across all subjects, 45% of entries resulted in a Credit award (grades 1 and 2), 41% in a General award (grades 3 and 4), and 12% in a Foundation award (grades 5 and 6).

There was an even split by gender in entries for Standard Grade.

The largest rise in entry numbers in high uptake subjects was in Spanish, up by 5%. The largest drop in entries was in Standard Grade Technological Studies, down 21%.

There’s more information on Standard Grade in the Annual Statistical Report 2008, tables SG 1-8 and OS NQ 1-3b.

National Courses 2008

Entries and number of learners entered for National Courses, 2007 and 2008

  Entries Number of learners
  2007 2008 2007 2008
Access 2 2,769 3,063 1,866 2,251
Access 3 30,196 30,756 21,469 21,557
Intermediate 1 53,840 60,267 37,490 40,693
Intermediate 2 107,340 113,388 54,684 57,479
Higher 161,081 162,576 57,745 58,595
Advanced Higher 17,831 18,854 10,953 11,615

Access 2 (2008)

Entries increased by 11% in 2008. There was a corresponding increase in awards of 12% on 2007.

Overall, there were more entries for male learners, (61% male, 39% female).

Drama was the most popular Course, with 628 entries, followed by Mathematics (480 entries), and English (372 entries).

Access 3 (2008)

Entries and awards at Access 3 level rose by 2% and 5% respectively, stabilising after a large increase the previous year.

Overall, there were more entries from male learners than female learners (55% male, 45% female).

New Courses were introduced in English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Mandarin. They attracted 158 and 21 entries respectively.

The higher uptake subjects with large increases in entries were Computing Studies (up 116%), Geography (up 88%), and French (up 46%).

Intermediate 1 (2008)

There were 60,267 entries at Intermediate 1 level in 2008, a 12% increase on 2007. The overall pass rate increased by two percentage points to 75%.

Overall, there was an almost even split in entries by gender (49% male, 51% female).

For Skills for Work, there were two new Courses in 2008 and healthy increases in entries for all the existing Courses.

The largest percentage rises in entry numbers for high uptake subjects were seen in Art and Design (up by 26%), Computing Studies (up 19%), and Hospitality: Practical Cookery (up 19%).

Intermediate 2 (2008)

Entries for Intermediate 2 Courses continued to grow, rising by 6% in 2008. The overall pass rate for all Intermediate 2 subjects was 79%, a rise of two percentage points on the previous year.

Overall, there were more entries for females (53%) than males (47%).

There were four Skills for Work Courses at this level in 2008, and all had increased entries from 2007 — notably Early Education and Childcare, up 58%.

The largest percentage increases in entry numbers for high uptake subjects were for Spanish (up 18%), and Administration (up 17%).

There were 125 entries for learners from centres outwith Scotland. These were in two subjects: Electronic and Electrical Fundamentals, and Technological Studies.

Higher (2008)

Entries at Higher level rose by 1% in 2008. The overall pass rate increased by two percentage points to 75%.

Overall, there were more entries for females (55%) than males (45%).

The largest increases in high uptake subjects were in the Project-based National Course, Photography for the Media (up 43%), Sociology (up 21%), and in Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (up 20%).

Advanced Higher (2008)

There was an increase in entries at Advanced Higher level of 6%. The pass rate across all subjects was 78%, up by one percentage point on 2007.

Overall, there were more entries for females (54%) than males (46%).

The largest percentage increases in entries were in Spanish (up by 52%), Graphic Communication (up 37%), and German (up 30%).

There’s more information on National Courses in the Annual Statistical Report 2008, tables AC1- 8, IA 1-9, IB 1-9, NH 1-9, AH 1-9, PR 1-4 and OS NQ 1-3b.

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