A-Level results highest since 2012

The highest proportion of As and A* have been awarded to student since 2012.

The highest proportion of As and A* have been awarded to student since 2012.

This week A-level students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were given there result and for the first time in 6 years they were awarded top grades, with some 26.4% of exams being As or A*. There was a drop in grads ranging from * to C to 78.4% from 79% last year, this may come from what it believes to changes in the exam in England.

England’s exams regulator has said the results show a steady national picture at a time of significant change. Overall, 97.6% of A-level entries were awarded A* to E grades.

This year is the second year running; boys have outperformed girls at the top grades.

Last year, this was the first time in 17 years, amid the move to the new-style exams.

This year 26.6% of exam entries for boys were awarded an A or A*, compared with 26.2% of girls.

This compares with 26.6% and 26.1% respectively last year.

There has been a rise in the number of students taking Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, which are favoured by boys and could be a factor.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds congratulated everyone receiving their results saying : “It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication – from both those receiving their marks and the teachers who’ve been supporting them every step of the way.

“They should rightly feel proud of their achievements.”

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