One in 8 still get 3 top A-level grades

Daily Mail - - Life -

AROUND one in eight sixth-for­m­ers scored at least three top grades in their A- lev­els this year – de­spite changes to the ex­ams which made them tougher.

Of­fi­cial data showed that 13 per cent of stu­dents achieved the equiv­a­lent of three A* or A grades – al­most the same pro­por­tion as in 2016, when 12.9 per cent got these scores.

Mean­while, 21.8 per cent gained at least two As and a B, com­pared with 21.6 per cent the year be­fore.

The changes this year at A-level removed mod­u­lar AS-lev­els, which had been ex­am­ined after the first year. The new A-lev­els had less course­work and in­stead re­lied on fi­nal exam marks.

Many ex­pected the re­sults to go down be­cause of the re­forms – re­vers­ing the grade in­fla­tion that was seen un­der New Labour. But the ex­ams reg­u­la­tor Ofqual now makes sure the grade bound­aries are set each year to pro­duce the same pro­por­tions gain­ing each grade. Crit­ics have branded it a ‘prizes for all’ men­tal­ity.

The data, from the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion, also showed that fewer pupils stud­ied for the more rig­or­ous English Bac­calau­re­ate (EBacc) this year at GCSE as in­creas­ing num­bers shunned lan­guages.

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