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A-Level results: Grades hit record high after exams cancelled for second year in a row

January 05, 2022

Original Article: https://www.itv.com/news/2021-08-09/students-receive-a-level-results-after-exams-cancelled-for-second-year-in-row

The proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has surged to an all-time high after exams were cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19.

Hundreds of thousands of students have been given grades determined by teachers, rather than exams, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught during the pandemic.

Girls performed better than boys at the top grades, and female maths students overtook their male counterparts for the first time in the number of A* grades achieved, figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show.

In Scotland, school results were consistently lower than last year, but have shown a sharp rise since 2019. Vocational BTec results are also out on Tuesday.

Ucas figures released on Tuesday showed a record number of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been accepted on to UK degree courses this year.

In total, 435,430 students have had places confirmed on an undergraduate course in the UK, up 5% on the same point last year, according to data published by the university admissions service.

A record 395,770 students have been accepted on their first choice full-time undergraduate course in the UK, up 8% from 365,500 in 2020.

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