A Level results
This year's A-level results show, for the first time in over two decades, a decline in the proportion of A and A* grades awarded.
The figures, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) a membership organisation for the various exam boards, show that 26.6% of test papers were awarded A grades – a drop of 0.4 percentage points from last year’s results.
Furthermore, in the third year that the classification has been used, the number of A* grades awarded fell from 8.2% in 2011 to 7.9% this year. However, for the first time since the A* was introduced, this year has seen male students outperform their female counterparts, with the number of A* grades issued to boys at 8.0 per cent compared to 7.9 per cent for girls.
At A grade (cumulative), girls performed more strongly than boys, achieving 27.2 per cent of A grades issued, compared with 25.8 per cent for boys. At B grade (cumulative), girls significantly outperformed boys by 4.5 percentage points (54.7 per cent against 50.2 per cent).
The cumulative percentage of A level grades A*-E increased by 0.2 per cent from 97.8 per cent to 98.0 per cent.
About 335,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have received their results today.