A-level results data shows marginal improvements

2018-10-19

A-level results remained stable in 2018, with the average points score revealing a marginal improvement from previous years, new data shows.


According to provisional data from the Department for Education, the average point score rose from 32.12 to 33.05. However, the number of pupils receiving the highest grades dropped slightly; 12.5% of pupils gained three A* or A grades, down from 13% in 2017.


The proportion of pupils that achieved AAB or better also fell from 21.8% last year to 20.6% this year. 


The differences between the sexes


Of all A-level entries in 2018, 54.4% were females, a figure that has stayed broadly the same for several years. Despite this, males accounted for more of the higher grades, as 13.8% gained three A* to A grades, compared to 11.5% of girls.


A higher proportion of boys also gained AAB grades or better, at 21.2%, compared to 20.1% of females. The gender gap did decline across both measures though compared to previous years. 


More boys than girls also gained at least two grades in what is known as ‘facilitating subjects’ – subjects that the government recommends as being more in demand by universities. 


Key subjects are more popular


Are you a Maths Teacher or a Science Teacher? You may be interested to know that maths and science increased in popularity in 2018 too, with a notable rise in pupils taking them. If you're a Computer Science Teacher then good new as Computer science saw the bigger increase; entries climbed by more than 25% compared to 2017.


Meanwhile, 26.9% of all A-level students are taking maths as one of their subjects, a jump from 24.4% in 2017. A revised set of figures that account for any amendments following school and data checks are expected in January 2019.


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