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Willetts: Degrees still relevant despite A level reforms

Reforms to the A level and GCSE system will not devalue a degree, the University minister has told Daybreak.

David Willetts congratulated A level students on their hard work and dubbed University "a worthwhile experience" despite a dwindling job market and mountains of debt graduates can get into.

He also let slip his A level grades - two As, one B and a C.

Principal 'tremendously proud' of Brockenhurst students

Once again, Brockenhurst College students have attained outstanding A level results and I am tremendously proud of their individual achievements in this, our centenary year. I also take pride in the overall success of the College and thank the staff and parents for the part they have played in our students’ achievements. This is, as always, a great day of celebration for us all and I wish all the students who leave us today every success for the future.”

– Principal Di Roberts, Brockenhurst College


College celebrates A-level success in its centenary year

Brockenhurst College in Hampshire Credit: Brockenhurst College

A College in Hampshire is celebrating A level success in its centenary year. Overall pass rate at Brockenhurst college is 99%.

More than half of students gained A-B grades, with three quarters of all students achieving A-C grades across all subjects. Two thirds of STEM subject students gained A*-B grades (Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology). And 92% of students passed their AS level course.

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How last year's A-Level students did

Last year saw the number of A grades slip for the first time in two decades, according to official figures.

It has been suggested a focus on more traditional subjects could fuel a slight drop.

  • Last summer, the proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade fell for the first time in more than 20 years.
  • Official figures for 2012 showed that 26.6 percent of the exams were given an A or A*, down from 27 percent in 2011 - a record drop of 0.4 percent.
  • Around one in 12 (7.9 percent) exams were given an A* grade, down from 8.2 percent in 2011, while 76.6 percent of entries got at least a C grade, up from 76.2 percent the year before.


Testing times for A-levels: Kent school scraps them

Are A-levels failing to make the grade? One school in Kent thinks so. In September, Tonbridge Grammar becomes one of the first state schools in Britain to scrap A-levels and replace them with a new qualification.

It believes the International Baccaleureate is more challenging and prepares students better for university. The government is currently looking at major reform of the A level system amid criticism that too many top grades are handed out and endless resits devalue the qualification.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

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