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A-level Results 2017 were Released !

Added on: 2017-08-25Share on :

On Thursday 17 August 2017 the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published A level results for summer 2017. The national data shows that while the overall pass rate has seen a decrease possibly due to the reform, the pass rate for the top grades has increased for the first time this decade, and boys overtake girls in top grades for the first time in six years.

On Thursday 17 August 2017 the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published A level results for summer 2017. The national data shows that while the overall pass rate has seen a decrease possibly due to the reform, the pass rate for the top grades has increased for the first time this decade, and boys overtake girls in top grades for the first time in six years. 

 

 

 

26.3 percent of students achieved an A* or A this year, up by 0.5 percentage points from 25.8 percent last year. This new data has stopped a steady downwards trend in the pass rate for the top grades since 2011. Students have performed well in mathematics and foreign languages, while courses such as ICT and English have struggled to get their student achieving the top grades in 2017.

 

The pass rate for A* or A grades stood at the highest point ever (26.8%) in 2010, the proportion stayed the same in 2011, then fell by 0.2 percent year by year in 2012-2015; it has reached the lowest point at 25.8%, finally risen to 26.2% this year. 

 

 

A-level results 2016 vs 2017

 

 

 

One thing also noticeable is that the A-level pass rate for A*-E grades is down 0.2% to 97.7%, which happens for the first time in three years. There have been suggestions this could reflect the introduction of the new style of A-level exam.

 

This year, major reforms have been made to 13 A-level subjects including art and design, biology, business, chemistry, computer sciences, economics, English language and literature, history, physics, psychology and sociology. More content are included, and the assessment mode has been changed to be decided solely by final exams, with no link to coursework or AS levels taken after the first year of study. 

 

 

 

Changes to A-level exams were defended by John Blake, head of education at the Policy Exchange think tank. He said they have been designed to end a culture within schools of pupils repeatedly resitting exams to get the best grade. This was painful and time-consuming for teachers and pupils, he claimed.

 

 

 

Boys beat girls to top grades for the first time in years

 

 

In A* and A grades, boys have moved ahead of girls, with 26.6% of boys getting these results compared with 26.1% of girls, reversing a 0.3% gap last year. The change is significant because girls outperform boys at every stage of their education, and have been performing better at the top grades at A-levels for 17 years.

 

But girls' overall results are slightly better than boys, with 79 percent for girl entries gaining A, BC and C, and 75 percent for boy entries. 

 

 

 

A-level top grades 2010-2017 boys vs girls

 

 

 

Although achieving good A-level grades is vital when applying to universities, a good personal statement is as important as every bit of it. And if you want to apply to Cambridge or Oxford, you'll also need to prepare for the interview. 

 

Students who want to apply for a place in the 2018 term better want to start working on the application essay now, because an essay that stand out the applicant's character can make a real difference in impressing the admission officer. Want to know how to do that? Maybe our consultants at BE can help you with that. 

 

*Statistics come from Joint Council for Qualifications

 

 

 

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