A-level pass rates rise for 29th consecutive year

By Ben Lugg, News Correspondent

A-level pass rates have risen for a record 29th year in a row as students scramble to snap up university places.

With higher university fees coming into effect next year, this September will be the last chance for students to avoid paying up to £9,000 per year.

The overall A-level pass rate rose from 97.6% to 97.8%.

Although pass rates went up, the number of students achieving A and A*grades remained about the same at just over 27%.

This year’s results also showed boys in England have narrowed the gap with girls in achieving A* grades, however in Wales the number of boys getting A’s dropped from 24.3% to 22.7%.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers attacked those who claim A-level exams are getting easier.

“Today’s results serve as a testament to the commitment of young people and the skills of teachers. It is time for the annual disparaging attack on such achievements to end.” she said.

Ms blower went on to criticise government plans to change the current Modular A-levels to Linear A levels, saying the current system gave harder working students a greater chance of success.

Modular A-levels allow students to re-sit modules within subjects, whilst a proposed linear system would only allow students to sit an exam once.

There was confusion amongst some students this morning when trying to find out their results after the Ucas website crashed for three hours due to high demand.

The problems at the meant university phone lines were jammed as students desperately tried to find out whether they had been accepted into their institution of choice.

One A-Level Student Gemma Charles tweeted “Ucas you should be ashamed, the service today has been appalling.”

Ucas has since apologised and assured students the problem is now fixed.

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