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A-levels: More high grades but overall pass rate falls

More A-levels pupils were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.

In total, just over one in four of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.

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A-level results day for thousands of students

AS- and A-level results will be revealed by exam boards today. Credit: PA

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the country will find out their A-level results today.

From 8am, students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will discover how they did in the summer exams.

Around 300,000 sixth-formers will receive their results, with many finding out if they got the grades to take up their chosen university courses.

Those who do better than expected will have the opportunity to "trade up" to a different university or degree; those who miss their offer grades can enter the "clearing" process to find an alternative course.

A record number of university places are on offer this year, with an additional 30,000 available.

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