Top A-level grades fall again

The proportion of A-levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row, official figures showed today.

In total, 26.3 percent of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6 percent in 2012 - a drop of 0.3 percent. It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.

More than a quarter of grades were still either A or A* Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years last year.

The latest drop comes amid rising numbers of teenagers taking A-levels in science and maths.

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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.