A-level grades down on final yr however stay greater than pre-pandemic



-level grades acquired by UK college students are down on the previous two years however stay greater than pre-pandemic ranges.

Lots of of 1000’s of pupils throughout England, Wales and Northern Eire obtained outcomes on Thursday, having sat exams for the primary time because the coronavirus outbreak.

Grades had been anticipated to drop again from 2021 ranges – when pupils have been assessed by their academics – as a part of a transition yr which noticed marks aiming to mirror a halfway level between final yr and 2019.

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The Joint Council for {Qualifications} (JCQ) mentioned the general go fee – the proportion of entries graded A* to E – fell by 1.1 share factors from 99.5% in 2021 to 98.4% this yr.

However that is up by 0.8 factors from 97.6% within the pre-pandemic yr of 2019.

Entries receiving the highest grades of A* and A are down 8.4 factors from 44.8% final yr to 36.4% – however up 11.0 factors on 25.4% in 2019.

Elanur Tankisi, centre, is congratulated as she receives her A-level outcomes at Oasis Academy Hadley, Enfield, north London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) / PA Wire

The determine for the best grade, A*, is down year-on-year from 19.1% to 14.6%, however stays greater than in 2019 when it stood at 7.7%.

And the proportion of entries graded A* to C dropped from 88.5% in 2021 to 82.6% this yr, although it’s up from 75.9% in 2019.

The JCQ mentioned there have been a complete of 848,910 A-level entries, up year-on-year by 2.9%, in contrast with a rise of two.4% within the 18-year-old inhabitants.

Ladies continued to outperform boys total, with A* to E grades at 98.7% for the previous, in contrast with 98.1% for the latter.

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The variety of A-level college students in England who took three A-levels and achieved all A* grades is sort of thrice what it was in 2019, rising to eight,570 in contrast with 2,785.

The preferred topic this yr was maths, whereas psychology remained the second hottest.

English literature noticed the largest drop in candidates for a single topic, falling out of the highest 10 hottest topics for the primary time.

Kath Thomas, interim chief government of the JCQ, mentioned the outcomes “signify an enormous milestone” within the nation’s restoration from the pandemic.

Jemima Miller, centre, hugging an individual after studying their A-level outcomes at Norwich Faculty (Joe Giddens/PA) / PA Wire

Congratulating college students, she mentioned: “Not solely is it the fruits of two years of onerous work, however these college students are the primary to have taken formal summer time exams in three years, so we must always all have fun this achievement.

“Exams are the fairest approach to assess college students, as they provide everybody the prospect to point out what they know.

“At present’s outcomes subsequently signify an enormous milestone in our restoration from the pandemic and are testomony to the diligence and resilience of younger individuals and faculty employees throughout the nation.

“As meant, these outcomes are greater than the final set of summer time exams in 2019, however decrease than final yr’s teacher-assessed grades.

“This displays the particular preparations that have been put in place to assist college students, colleges and schools via one other difficult yr on account of Covid.”

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Dr Jo Saxton, chief regulator of Ofqual, the exams regulator in England, mentioned: “I felt strongly that it will not have been proper to go straight again to pre-pandemic grading in a single go however settle for that we do have to proceed to take steps again to normality.

“These outcomes total, coming as they do broadly halfway between 2021 and 2019, signify a staging put up on that journey.”

Pupils in Scotland acquired the outcomes of their Greater examinations final week, with the same development in that the go fee was down on final yr however above pre-pandemic ranges from 2019.

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