With A-level results day bringing a mixture of smiles and tears to students across the UK, education experts have been looking over the results.
Following last year’s slight decline in the number of students achieving grades A*-E reached 98.1% – a rise of 0.1% on last year. However, the number of students achieving the top A-level grades dropped for the fourth year in a row, dropping 0.1% to 25.9% this year.
This year’s results also demonstrate an improvement for boys, who have closed the gap on girls when it comes to achieving an A grade or higher. Girls achieved 0.4% more A grades or above as compared to their male peers. This shows a continued improvement, with the gap having been 2.4% in 2005.
This year’s results also saw more students taking A-levels than in 2014 – with 850,749 teens sitting the exams – a rise of 2% on last year. Of these, so far 409,410 have taken up university places in the UK for next year, according to UCAS figures.
The most popular A-level subject was Maths, with 10.9% of entries, while 10.5% took English, and 7.4% studied biology.
Michael Turner, the director general of JCQ said that, despite recent reforms, the results showed stability in the UK education system.
He said, “The overriding message from this year’s figures is one of stability. There have been no significant changes to the system, results are stable, and entries follow expected patterns,” adding, “Students can be confident that they have received the results they deserve.”