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UK Students Celebrate Increase in Top A-Level Marks

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Teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been celebrating their A-level exam results today, with over a quarter of all grades achieved being at least an A.

26.3% of A-levels were awarded either an A or A*, an increase of 0.5% from last year.

The positive results are likely to have made being accepted into university a straightforward process for many students, especially as there are tens of thousands of university places yet to be filled.

UCAS has reported that so far 416,000 university places have been confirmed, 2% fewer than last year. There has also been a fall in applications from the European Union, by 3% compared to 2016.

As a result, anyone having to go through clearing after not achieving the results they required should have success finding an alternative university to attend. One student from Wigan has already achieved viral fame for his reaction to poor A-level results, telling a journalist on live television: “Win or lose, we’re on the booze.”

Find a breakdown of this year’s A-level results below.

Subject

A* (%)

A+ (%)

B+ (%)

C+ (%)

Total number sat

Art and Design subjects

8.3

26.3

53.1

77.4

43,653

Biology

7.9

26.2

48.7

70.8

61,908

Business Studies

3.4

15.2

44.3

74.7

30,023

Chemistry

8.6

31.7

55.8

75.6

52,331

Classical subjects

9.5

34.9

65

86.2

6,430

Communication Studies

2.8

13.7

50.1

85.5

1,537

Computing

3

16.9

37.6

61.2

8,299

Critical Thinking

6.7

15.6

40

55.6

45

Design and Technology

4.5

17.1

41.3

68.4

12,415

Drama

4

16.8

48.1

79.1

11,914

Economics

7.2

31

60.4

83.2

30,074

English Language

1.6

10.5

37.5

74.2

21,178

English Language & Literature

2.9

12.2

39.9

74.7

11,058

English Literature

8.7

24.3

53

80.5

46,411

French

10.3

39

65.9

84.5

9,468

General Studies

3.7

12.1

32.7

58.3

7,147

Geography

5.9

26.7

56.4

81.8

37,814

German

10

41.4

69.7

87.4

3,663

History

5.8

23.6

55.5

82.6

50,311

ICT

1.1

10

31

58.6

7,607

Irish

8.4

54.7

86.2

95.5

333

Law

5

18.7

46

71.4

11,538

Mathematics

17.9

42.3

64.2

80.3

95,244

Mathematics (Further)

30.1

58.1

77.5

88.2

16,172

Media/Film/TV Studies

1.7

11.5

43.9

81

26,956

Music

5

19.8

45.5

72.6

6,428

Other Modern Languages

14.1

50.8

80.5

92.2

9,386

Other sciences

8.4

28.1

54.9

77.7

2,840

Performing/Expressive Arts

5.9

21.6

57

85.3

1,948

Physical Education

3.7

16.9

40.4

65.3

11,143

Physics

9.2

29.2

50

69.7

36,578

Political Studies

6.7

26.8

55.8

79.8

17,523

Psychology

4.5

18

45.4

73.5

58,663

Religious Studies

5.2

23.5

54.7

80.8

26,086

Sociology

4.8

18.8

49.3

77.3

34,607

Spanish

10.2

36.9

67.2

86.4

8,601

Welsh First Language

4.3

25.3

54.5

84.1

233

Welsh Second Language

4.2

12.6

33.6

63.7

333

All other subjects

3.6

16.2

42.6

70

10,457

ALL SUBJECTS

8.3

26.3

53.1

77.4

828,355

Lead image: City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College

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Written by Craig OCallaghan
As editor of TopUniversities.com, Craig oversees the site's editorial content and network of student contributors. He also plays a key editorial role in the publication of several guides and reports, including the QS Top Grad School Guide.

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