Analysis of graduates with A-levels from 2013-2016 with A*, A or B in subjects shown

This is an analysis of graduates of Civil Engineering and Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Bath. It only looks at graduates who entered the programmes on the basis of their A-levels. The main concern of this study was to find which subjects led to better performance. The average mark is that which led to their final degree classification. The question of how well female students did compared with male students was not the subject of this study, but as it was easy to get that information I did so, and was surprised by what I found you would not expect to see a difference.

The figures have all been rounded.

The position advantage is on the basis of a class size of 50. Considering the maximum advantage to be +25, the increase in average position is expressed as a percentage of 25; thus +100% is the maximum possible advantage. This gives a better indication of the effects given the fact that the overall level of attainment of all students is high by the end of the programme, and the range of marks achieved is relatively narrow.

Paul McCombie

Admissions Tutor for Civil Engineering

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

University of Bath

August 2016

 

 

No

Average mark

(in group)

Average mark (not in group)

Advantage of being in this group

(marks)

Average

position

in class

Position advantage

All students

200

65.5

-

 

25.7

0

Female

56

67.1

64.9

+ 2.2

22.3

14%

Physics

167

65.7

64.6

+ 1.1

25.4

1%

Art and design/ music

24

67.1

65.3

+ 1.7

22.6

12%

Geography

31

67.0

65.3

+ 1.7

22.4

13%

Design and Technology

25

67.5

65.2

+ 2.2

20.8

20%

History/ Classical civilisation

11

67.9

65.4

+ 2.5

19.7

24%

Further maths

70

64.3

66.2

- 1.9

28.7

-12%

Only maths and sciences

86

64.7

66.1

- 1.4

27.7

-8%