A-level Results: Record Numbers Get into University

The results are in! A-level results day has seen thousands of students up and down the country do the dreaded envelope moment and find out if they’ve made the grades they need to take their chosen career path. And this year has seen some record numbers get a university spot amidst a fall in the actual pass rate for A-level exams – the first fall in 30 years.

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The sweaty palms and sleepless nights can subside as A-level results day finally rolls around…

There was a 0.6% rise in the amount of students who achieved A* grades (8.2% this year) and a drop in the pass rates. Students achieving A* to E grades dropped from 98.1% to 98%. There are also a record number of university places available, and still available this year/

UCAS have reported that 352,590 students have secured places at their top choice university.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: “Today’s numbers are a reflection of the continuing strong demand for higher education.  A combination of extra places available and the falling population of 18-year-olds means that students are in a good position to secure a place this year.”

“Alongside the impressive numbers, this is also a story about individuals who have made a life-defining decision to invest in their personal growth and position themselves for a more fulfilling life and career.”

If you haven’t quite made the grades you needed for your option choice, don’t panic! Clearing is open now; check out vacancies through the UCAS website and get on the phone to institutions with remaining places. 

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