How are the graphs calculated?

We consider as Advanced qualifications any qualification which qualifies for UCAS points. Advanced qualifications are clustered by qualification type and subject:

  • A level represents A2s and Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Other represents all other qualifications, including AS levels, Scottish Highers, IBs and BTECs. Any grade information is translated to the equivalent UCAS tariff.

All exams results are grouped together by subject.

Degree subjects are reported to JACS level 2.


University Entrance Requirements

When a degree is selected we take all the people who have been accepted onto a course in this subject.

For each Advanced qualification we report the percentage of people accepted on the course who held this qualification.

If no-one held this Advanced qualification, the A level page will show the subject name but no information on the number of people.

If very few people held the qualification (either potentially identifying or statistically insignificant) we show the subject had <1%.

If enough people held the qualification we show what percentage of students held the qualification, at what grade, averaged over all universities.

If additionally a university is selected, the subjects and grades will be shown, subject to the same population size requirements, but only drawn from students at the selected university. In this case, there may be more Advanced qualifications which are not held by any students on that course.

Similarly, if a set of Advanced qualifications is selected, the people who have been accepted into any university and hold each selected A level are collected, and listed in order of frequency of the degrees they have been accepted to study. There is no university dependency.

The Labour Force Survey reports career, salary and degree subject (where applicable). The LFS data is weighted using the Population Weighting field to form a representation of the entire population. In addition, outcomes from university courses are obtained from HESA showing the careers and salaries of students 6 months after leaving university. The HESA data is unweighted (weight=1) as it is already considered representative of the entire new graduate population, even though not all students will declare this information.
All salary and career outcomes are calculated by counting these weighted outcomes.

Careers are reported to SOC level 3.

Wherever a group of people is small enough to be potentially identifying or statistically insignificant (using the HESA limits) we hide the outcomes for that group.