1. ITV Report

High A-level grades fall in Isle of Man alongside UK figures

Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Students in the Isle of Man have received fewer high grades in their A-levels compared to last year's results.

The percentage of grades between A*-B was 42% compared to last year's results where over 50% of pupils achieved this grade bracket.

This is in line with the fall seen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which is at its lowest in over a decade.

Despite this, the overall pass rate (A*-E) was 98.4% which is similar to the percentages recorded in previous years.

The strongest performing subjects were:

  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Agriculture
  • Sport
  • ICT BTEC Level 3s.

The next step will see some students going to university and others looking for employment or other educational schemes such as apprenticeships.

Although many of these students have chosen to undertake full time degree courses, either on or off Island, initial indications are that over a fifth are likely to enter directly into full time employment. Options to ‘learn as you earn’ have become increasingly attractive to young people."

– Jan Gimbert, School Improvement Adviser with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC)

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