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Number of A and A* grades fall

The proportion of A-levels awarded top grades has fallen for the second year amid a rise in students taking science and maths, official figures show.

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A-level subject choice gender gap 'widens'

The latest A-level results showed there were huge gender differences in pupils' choices in subject, with officials saying the gap has "extenuated" this year.

Girls were more likely to take subjects such as English Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

For instance, girls accounted for more than seven in 10 entries for English exams, while four in every five physics exam entries were for boys.

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