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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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Ucas: Half a million people to go to university

The total number of people going to university could top half a million for the first time this year, the university admissions service Ucas said.

Record numbers of students are heading to university this year. Credit: PA

Record numbers of students are heading to university this year, with almost 400,000 accepted on to degree courses already.

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