A-levels: 10 per cent rise in political studies

Students across the country received results today

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The number of students taking an A-Level in politics has risen by 10 per cent from 2018 - the biggest increase of any subject this year.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) released the data as around 300,000 teenagers received their long-awaited exam results.

In total, there were 19,729 entries for political studies, up 9.8 per cent on last year, which continued a steady increase from 13,761 in 2014.

Geoff Barton from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said the changing political landscape could explain the increased uptake of the subject.

Most of the students who sat the politics exams this year would have embarked on the course in September 2017 – the year after the EU referendum.

Mr Barton said: "It might be because of Brexit, it might be in spite of Brexit; that this generation feels like they're global citizens, they want to stay connected with the world.”

Politicians and celebrities took to social media to offer congratulations and advice to all those receiving results.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: "Well done to everyone receiving their A-level results today - a fantastic achievement after two years of hard work and dedication."

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn also offered his congratulations and used the occasion to promote Labour’s pledge to abolish the predicted grade system.

He said: “The current university admissions system is neither fair nor effective.

“Labour will end university places being offered on the basis of predicted grades - instead students will apply once they've got their results.”

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson encouraged those who faced disappointment.

Mr Clarkson shared a picture of a luxurious holiday home with the caption: “A level results a bit rubbish? Don’t worry. I got a C and two Us and I’ve rented this place for the summer.”

Meanwhile Sir Richard tweeted: “As exam results roll in, remember the alphabet goes from A to Z not A to E, and life is a lot more fun when you colour outside of the lines.”

The 69-year-old, who has dyslexia, said while he remains "terrible when it comes to spelling and memorising information".

The billionaire added: "Being dyslexic, I always struggled with exams and ended up dropping out of school aged 16.

"I’m concerned to hear that recent reforms are making it even harder for students with dyslexia to reach their full potential."

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