A-Level results drop for first time in 20 years

Stat of the day: 20 years. The number of students scoring top A-Level results fell for the first time in 20 years today.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 03 Aug 2015

The figures represent the biggest decline in A grades since records began, and will mean scores of students are disappointed this morning having not achieved the necessary grades for their chosen university.

Only 26.6% of papers were awarded an A grade, a drop of 0.4% compared with the previous year. Around 7.9% received the relatively newly introduced A* grade, compared with 8.2% in 2011.

The drop in the high grades shouldn’t really come as a surprise however, given that the government has mounted an assault on what it describes as ‘grade inflation’. And it’s not a bad thing either: the overall pass rate at A Level increased to 97.8%, the 30th consecutive year of increase.

Still, here at MT we can't help pitying the poor blighters receiving their results today. Brings back tense memories…

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