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Gower College Swansea results published

Gower College Swansea is celebrating an overall 98% pass rate at A Level, with 1548 separate exam entries.

Of these passes, 81% were at the higher grades of A*-C and 57% were at grades A*-B, both increases on the results of 2014.

The overall pass rate at AS level was 90%, with 66% of those passes being grades A-C and 42% being grades A or B, again increasing on 2014’s results.

There were 3066 separate exam entries for AS in total.

Congratulations once again to our students who have worked exceptionally hard to produce A Level results which will set them in good stead for Higher Education and employment

– Kay Morgan, Vice Principal

Coleg Gwent results published

975 Coleg Gwent students sat more than 3200 A Level examinations.

The College says the second cohort of students getting results at Coleg Gwent’s Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone campus in Ebbw Vale bettered last year's results with a 98.2% overall pass rate.

The overall pass rate at A*-C is 76.4%, an increase of 5% on last year’s result.

Across Coleg Gwent A Level students achieved a cross-college pass rate of 96.9% and students at Crosskeys Campus achieved an overall pass rate of 97.2%.

Twenty six subjects across the Campuses achieved a 100% pass rate.

We are very proud of our students who have worked hard and achieved such good grades.

– Guy Lacey, Acting Principal


Minister congratulates students and teachers on results

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Education Minister, Huw Lewis has congratulated students and teachers in Wales on the A-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results.

This year’s A-level results show another strong performance in Wales with high outcomes at key subjects such as Maths, Further Maths, and French.

The percentage of our students achieving the very top grade has increased yet again and this year we are seeing the highest A* outcome for Wales since the grade was introduced in 2010. This shows a real and growing trend for improvement amongst our most able learners.

Achievements across Wales are the result of a great deal of hard work by students and their teachers and I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate everyone involved on this success.

– Huw Lewis AM, Education Minister

Students collect their A Level results in Cardiff

There have been celebrations and also commiserations at schools across Wales today with the publication of this summer's A-Level results

The gap between students here and in other parts of the UK has widened for the second year running. In Wales, the numbers getting grades between A star to E stayed at 97.6%. Across Wales, England and N.Ireland, that number rose to 98.1%

There was also a slight fall in the number of people getting the top A or A star grades. That was 22 point 9 percent -- down from 25 percent in 2009

So what do those figures mean for the thousands of students who've had their results today? Nicola Hendy reports from one Cardiff college.

A Levels: Advice on the clearing process

If you didn't get the grades you were hoping for, or applied late, you can still apply for university courses through a process called 'clearing'.

You can also use this process if you've had a change of heart about an offer you received from a university.

For advice on the clearing process you can go to the following places:

Clearing advice: "The general message is not to panic"

Julie Cowley is the Head of Partnerships, Recruitment and Admissions at Glyndwr University. She says her team have had a busy morning offering clearing advice to students.

She said: "We still get some students that are coming on the phone panicking, but I think the general message is not to panic, as certainly we have places left across the board."


A Level results day in pictures

Megan Lloyd Griffith and Sophie Collins from YG Garth Olwg compare results Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
A student at Barry Comprehensive School collects her results Credit: ITV News / Tom Sheldrick
Students await their results at St. David's Catholic College, Cardiff Credit: ITV News / Nicola Hendy
Gethin Lloyd and Lloyd Taylor are both going to Swansea University Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Gap with England widens

The figures released by the WJEC and other exam boards show the overall A level pass rate has stabilised in Wales after a period of decline. It's the same picture for the top A* grade but the percentage of candidates getting A* or A has fallen again. Here's what's happened in Wales in 2012 and 2013:

  • A*-E: Last year 97.6% This year 97.6%
  • A*-A: Last year 23.6% This year 22.9%
  • A*: Last year 6.0% This year 6.0%

The gap continues to grow between Welsh A level candidates's performance and the overall results for the three UK countries that use the examination. (Scotland has its own exam system). That's true on almost every measure, including both the overall A-E pass rate and for candidates getting A* or A.

  • A*-E: Wales 97.6% (+0.0%) England, Wales & NI 98.1% (+0.1%)
  • A*: Wales 6.0% (+0.0%) England, Wales & NI 7.6% (-0.3%)
  • A*-A: Wales 22.9% (-0.7%) England, Wales & NI 26.3% (-0.3%)
  • A*-B: Wales 49.3% (-0.6%) England, Wales & NI 52.9% (+0.3%)
  • A*-C: Wales 75.2% (+0.2%) England, Wales & NI 77.2% (+0.6%)

There is no agreed explanation for why there's a growing gap between performance in Wales and in England (which accounts for the vast majority of the the figures for the three countries).

England has more privately educated pupils, which might partially explain the gap but not why it's growing.

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