2010 Exams Results Released

The Scottish Qualifications Authority today (Thursday, 5 August, 2010) announces details of the 2010 National Course results. 

Examination certificates are being sent to 160,745 learners, up from 158,696 in 2009. Collectively over the five-week period from April 28 – June 11 those involved in taking traditional examinations, as opposed to those involved in continuous assessment, sat some 736,000 exams. They did so at nearly 550 examination centres with the examinations being set, monitored, marked and quality assured by nearly 15,000 SQA ‘appointees’.

KEY POINTS:

  • Entries for National Courses have increased this year at all levels apart from Standard Grade where the decline in entries is partly for demographic reasons and also because of continued strong growth at Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 levels. Pass rates across Access to Advanced Higher levels have been relatively stable this year (difference from 2009 indicated in brackets) –
    • Advanced Higher - 77.5% (-0.3%);
    • Higher - 74.6% (+0.4%);
    • Intermediate 2 - 79.1% (+1.0%);
    • Intermediate 1 - 72.7% (-0.7%);
    • Standard Grade overall 98.5% (no change) – of which 46.6% (+0.7%) achieved Credit level,  40.3% (-0.5%) achieved General level and 11.6% (-0.1%) achieved Foundation level
    • Access 3 – 90.9% (+3.6%)
    • Access 2 – 62.8% (-0.7%)
  • This year for the first time learners were able to enter for the new Scottish Baccalaureate qualifications. The initial offering of Scottish Baccalaureate qualifications in Science and Languages attracted 138 entries and 106 successful candidates are certificated this week.

The Scottish Baccalaureate award consists of a coherent group of Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications and, uniquely, an Interdisciplinary Project of the candidates’ own choosing which is marked at Advanced Higher level. Learners must achieve passes in at least two Advanced Highers and one Higher in the eligible courses as well as a pass in the Interdisciplinary Project.

The Baccalaureate is designed to encourage more young people to study science and languages in the later stages of secondary school, to raise the status of the Sixth Year and to assist young people in making the transition from school to higher and further education and employment. The value of the Interdisciplinary Project was recognised by the university admissions body UCAS when it was awarded half the admission tariff points of a full Advanced Higher.

The 2010 Scottish Baccalaureate cohort achieved a pass rate of 76.8 per cent with 51 Passes and 55 Passes with Distinction. A Distinction requires a grade A in one of the Advanced Highers, one other grade A in one of the other components and at least a grade B in the other components. A Pass is awarded to those who achieve at least a grade C in all mandatory components.

  • Also new this year is first certification for Chinese language courses at Higher and Advanced Higher levels. This reflects a steady growth in Chinese language study at lower levels in recent years. Across all levels (Access – Advanced Higher) there have been 244 entries in Mandarin and Cantonese with 39 receiving awards at Higher or Advanced Higher levels. This represents good progress in delivery of the Scottish Government’s drive to engage more strongly with China and to enhance the learning opportunities available to Scotland’s young people.
  • All candidates will receive their certificates in the traditional manner by postal delivery but 35,305 candidates also opted to receive results via the SQA’s ‘MySQA’ service whereby, on activation of their accounts, results are sent by text message to their mobile phone and/or by email to their computer. Candidates who opted for electronic delivery were due to receive their results during the afternoon of Wednesday, August 4.
  • As part of SQA’s wide provision, learners are offered both Skills for Work and Personal Development Courses.

This year has seen continuing strong uptake in Skills for Work Courses. These Courses complement the principles of Curriculum for Excellence and are intended to help learners develop skills and knowledge in broad vocational areas and an understanding of the workplace. A key feature is their emphasis on learning through practical experience.

Commenting upon this year’s results, Dr Janet Brown, SQA’s chief executive and Scotland’s chief examining officer, said:

“Today over 160,000 candidates will receive the results of their hard work in the form of their SQA certificates.

“The outcome will provide tangible proof that their efforts have been worthwhile. I want to congratulate everyone who has been involved and, whether they will be returning to school or college, moving on to Higher Education or entering the workplace I wish them continued success.

“I want to offer my thanks also to all of the teachers and all SQA staff and our 15,000 Appointees who ensure that the candidates are presented each year in good order and that the massive task of delivering the results within a robust and stable examination environment continues year after year.

“And finally, to one group of candidates I wish to offer our very special congratulations. They are making history today. I refer, of course, to the 106 young people who have been awarded Scottish Baccalaureates in Science or Languages. This has been the first year that these awards have been offered. The numbers of those choosing the Scottish Baccalaureate route was in line with what we anticipated and as the new qualification goes on to prove its worth we anticipate that many more of our young people will follow in the footsteps of today’s pathfinders.”

 

Table 1:  Entries at each level of qualification 2006 – 2010

 

Entries

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Change 2009-2010

Access 2 (SCQF* Level 2)

2,162

2,785

3,049

2,457

2,573

116

Access 3 (SCQF Level 3)

19,352

29,957

30,521

31,645

33,283

1,638

Standard Grade (SCQF Levels 3 to 5)

415,845

404,638

386,857

358,459

339,180

-19,279

Intermediate 1 (SCQF Level 4)

44,849

53,863

60,930

65,667

69,510

3,843

Intermediate 2 (SCQF Level 5)

94,080

107,309

113,448

122,428

130,380

7,952

Higher (SCQF Level 6)

158,053

160,988

162,502

167,635

175,492

7,857

Advanced Higher (SCQF Level 7)

18,258

17,825

18,854

19,645

20,580

935

TOTAL

752,599

777,365

776,161

767,936

770,998

3,062

             

Scottish Baccalaureate (SCQF Level 7)

-

-

-

-

138

-

*The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) helps people to understand and compare different qualifications in Scotland.  The SCQF level is a measure of how demanding a qualification is. 

Key points

  • The overall number of entries has increased (0.4%) from 2009 to 2010. There has been a decrease in Standard Grade uptake (5.4%) while at all other levels entries have increased, most significantly at Intermediate 2 (6.5%) and Intermediate 1 (5.9%).
  • Higher and Advanced Higher entries have increased this year, by 4.7% and 4.8%, respectively.

The table below lists attainment at each level of qualification.

Table 2: Overall attainment at each level of qualification 2006 – 2010

 

Pass Rate

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Percentage Point Change 2009-2010

Access 2 (SCQF Level 2)

66.0%

71.5%

68.2%

63.5%

62.8%

-0.7

Access 3 (SCQF Level 3)

78.4%

85.3%

87.7%

87.3%

90.9%

3.6

Standard Grade* (SCQF Levels 3 to 5)

97.7%

97.6%

98.0%

98.5%

98.5%

0.0

Intermediate 1 (SCQF Level 4)

70.9%

71.1%

71.9%

73.4%

72.7%

-0.7

Intermediate 2 (SCQF Level 5)

73.0%

75.4%

78.0%

78.1%

79.1%

1.0

Higher (SCQF Level 6)

70.8%

71.7%

73.4%

74.2%

74.6%

0.4

Advanced Higher (SCQF Level 7)

74.3%

74.6%

75.8%

77.8%

77.5%

-0.3

Scottish Baccalaureate (SCQF Level 7)

-

-

-

-

76.8%

-

*Pass Rate at Standard Grade refers to percentage of learners attaining a grade 1 - 6

Key points

  • There has been general stability in pass rates across Standard Grade to Advanced Higher level, with pass rate fluctuating by no more than 1 percentage point. The Access 3 pass rate has increased by 3.6 percentage points

Detailed Results Information

To review detailed results information for 2010, please use the following link:

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