AS level grade, age, gender and centre type as predictors of A level grade in the summer 2002 examinations
The relationship between AS level grade, age, gender and centre type and A level grades in the June 2002 examination series was studied in seven AQA GCE specifications.
The specifications studied were Biology B, Psychology B, English Language and Literature A, ICT, Mathematics A, History and General Studies A. The relationship between candidate performance at AS and A level was consistent across the specifications.
Most candidates were awarded the same grade at AS and A level, but only a slightly smaller proportion did better at AS than at A level and very few did better at A than AS level.
The difference in the grades awarded at AS and A level raises doubt over the viability of Dearing’s (1996) definition of GCE standards and may have implications for the way in which these qualifications are awarded.