A-level results day is finally here! This morning, thousands of students across Burton and South Derbyshire will find out their grades and decide on what to do as they progress onto the next stage of their lives.
Today, Thursday, August 17, Burton Mail reporters set out at 8am to accompany pupils as they opened the letters they had anticipated all summer – and it's been another record-breaking year for A-level success.
Although this morning will come as a celebration to some, it’s likely that many youngsters will be disappointed with their grades. No matter what the result, it's important to remember that you tried your best and there are still plenty of options available to those who are having to make some last minute changes.
Here's the UK statistics from this years results:
- A* - 8.3 per cent, back to previous peak last hit in 2015.
- A* and A - 26.2 per cent, up from 25.8 per cent in 2016, highest rate since 26.3 per cent in 2013, after a downward trend from peak in 2010 and 2011.
- A* to E - 97.9 per cent, down from 98.1 per cent in 2015 and 2016, lowest level since 97.9 per cent in 2011.
- Boys passed 8.9 per cent of their A-levels with A* grades compared to 7.7 per cent for girls, increasing the gap from 0.8 percentage points in 2016 to 1.2 percentage points - as girls’ performance got worse compared to 2016 and boys’ performance improved.
- For A and A* grades, girls' pass rate was 25.9 per cent and boys' was 26.6 per cent, with boys overtaking girls, compared to 25.9 per cent for girls and 25.8 per cent for boys in 2016, although overall girls were more likely to gain an A-level pass (98.3 per cent at A* to E compared to 97.3 per cent).
- Boys were more likely to get top A* and A grades in German (44.5 per cent compared to 38.8 per cent for girls), chemistry (33.1 per cent to 29 per cent), and computing (17 per cent to 13.4 per cent), while girls outperformed boys in PE (24.6 per cent to 11.7 per cent), geography (31.3 per cent to 22 per cent) and psychology (20.2 per cent to 11.4 per cent).
- Overall A-level entries in England were down by 1.3 per cent between 2016 and 2017.
- Critical Thinking (down 62 per cent from 117 entries to just 44), general studies (down 40 per cent from 11,757 entries to 7,016) saw the biggest drops in entries between 2016 and 2017. Computing entries were up by a third (33 per cent) from 2016, from 5,710 to 7,592, with Political studies up 13 per cent, to 16,032 Further maths was the subject where students were most likely to get A and A* grades, 57.9 per cent, up from 55.8 per cent in 2016. In Maths, 42.1 per cent gained A* or A grades, up from 41.6 per cent. Although students in England were less likely to get the top grades than those in Northern Ireland and Wales.
- Students in ICT (8.5 per cent), English language (10.5 per cent) and media/film/TV studies (11.3 per cent) were the least likely to get top grades.
- More people are taking maths (entries up 3.1 per cent), and further maths (up 5.1 per cent), but overall there were 7.5 per cent fewer entries in English A-levels.
- Entries into Spanish were up (by 0.5 per cent), but entries into French (down 2.4 per cent) and German (down 5.4 per cent) are still falling faster than the overall fall in entries.
- Entries into sciences were up, with chemistry up by 1.2 per cent, physics up 3.3 per cent although biology was down 0.9 per cent and other sciences down by 16 per cent.
- There were rises in the number of entries for business studies, up 5.7 per cent, geography, up 4.6 per cent, and sociology, up 1.8 per cent, but falls for psychology, down 1.6 per cent and history, down 8.2 per cent.