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-levels: Boys outperform girls in A* grades

Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' A-level entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.

These girls from Newcastle celebrate their A-level results, but overall boys outperform girls in A*. Credit: PA

The latest results, which show how pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have performed, show that an increasing number of students are choosing science, with the number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics rising by 2%, while those taking maths has gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.

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