Progress 8: which qualifications count?

Read guidance on the different elements that make up progress 8, including which qualifications are eligible for inclusion. Understand how discounting will affect multiple qualifications taken in the same subject.

Last reviewed on 22 December 2023See updates
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  1. Pupil attainment is compared across 8 elements
  2. Qualifications for the 8 elements
  3. Discounting applies when pupils duplicate a subject qualification

Pupil attainment is compared across 8 elements

Progress 8 compares pupils’ progress at the end of Key Stage (KS) 4 against the progress of other pupils nationally who had similar attainment at the end of KS2. It does this by tracking attainment across 8 subjects (the attainment 8 score).

Read more about calculating progress 8 scores in our other article and the DfE's guidance on secondary accountability measures.

A double-weighted maths element that will contain the point score of a pupil's English Baccalaureate (EBacc) maths qualification An English element based on the higher point score of a pupil's EBacc English language or English literature qualification. This will be double-weighted provided the pupil has taken both qualifications The 3 highest point scores from any of the following EBacc subjects: sciences, computer science, geography, history and languages (the EBacc element) The 3 highest point scores from any 3 other