The results of the A-level exams have been released and it is interesting to observe the latest trends following the introduction of the new AS and A-Level system. This year marks the first year for the de-coupled AS-levels, which are now standalone one-year courses instead of the first module of a two-year A-level.
From the recent article posted by The Guardian newspaper, the key findings from the results this year are as follows:
- Proportion of students receiving A or A* grades fell from 27% in 2011 to 25.8% in 2016. There has been a slight reduction (from 25.9%) achieved in 2015.
- In particular, the gap between boys and girls achieving the top A* grades narrowed, with male students gaining 8.5% of the grade compared to 7.7% for female students.
- The overall pass-rate of the exams has been the same as last year, at 98.1%, albeit with a slight reduction in students achieving the top grade.
- Maths was the most popular subject for the second year in a row, ahead of English.
- Entries in modern languages has continued to fall, with numbers taking French down 6%. However, the percentage of students receiving A* grades in languages has increased with a 0.7% increase in students achieving the grade in the French language.
- There has been a large reduction in students taking up subjects such as music and art and design, with a 8.8% reduction in students taking A-level music and a 33% drop in students taking art and design at AS-level.
- UCAS has placed 242,000 students in higher education on results day, up by 3% from last year which is the highest number of students placed on the A-level results day.
Moreover, the Telegraph newspaper has summarised the A-level results from 320 state schools across the country with the top 10 highest ranked being shown in the table below:
King’s Coll London Maths
St Olave’s Grammar
Altrincham Gram. for Girls
% Achieve A*, A or B
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