Key statistics in this year’s A-level results The proportion of candidates receiving top grades is the highest on record. A total of 27.9% of entrants scored either an A or A*, up from 25.5% in 2019.Some 9.0% of entrants received an A*. This is another record high, and is up from 7.8% last year.The overall pass rate (grades A* to E) was 98.3% – again, another record high. It is up from 97.6% in 2019.Some 78.4% received a C or above, up from 75.8% in 2019 and the highest since at least 2000.Girls have extended their lead over boys in the top grades. The proportion of girls who got A or higher was 28.4%, 1.1 percentage points higher than boys (27.3%). Last year, girls led boys by just 0.1 percentage points (25.5% girls, 25.4% boys). Boys briefly took the lead in 2017 and 2018, following a long period in which girls had been ahead.The gap between the best-performing boys and girls has fallen slightly. The proportion of boys who got A* was 9.3%, 0.5 percentage points higher than girls (8.8%). Last year, the gap was 0.7 points.The most popular subject this year was maths. It was taken by 94,168 entrants,… Read full this story
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