A-Levels: Students receiving top marks increase, but Government reform still has impact

A-Levels: Students receiving top marks increase, but Government reform still has impact

The figures have risen since 2011, but have fallen in 13 reformed subjects

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The number of students earning top grades in this year’s batch of A-Level results has increased - but the impacts of Government reform can be seen.

A total of 26.3%, roughly one in four entries, received either an A* or an A – a rise of 0.5%.

The elevated results mark the first time that A-grade attainment has increased in six years, since 2011.

However, the figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show Government reforms are starting to impact on A-level results.

Thirteen subjects under the system were changed in order to move away from coursework and modular examinations, increasing the difficulty for students.

In these subjects – which include art and design, biology and English language – results have suffered a slight decrease compared with their equivalents from 2016.