2018 A-Level results “better than ever” but GCSE pass rate drops slightly

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Students in Wales recorded the country’s “best ever” A-Level results for 2018, with a 76.3% A*-C pass rate and 8.7% of students achieving at least one A* and boys out-performed girls at the highest grades for the second year in a row. The results slightly exceeded the English, Northern Irish and Welsh average.

There was a marked increase in the proportion of A-Level A* grades awarded for numerate subjects such as maths, economics and physics.

After a significant overhaul of a number of GCSEs, there was a drop in the proportion of students achieving A*-C grades, from 62.8% in 2017 to 61.6% in 2018 – the lowest pass rate since 2005. There was, however, an increase in the number of A*-A grades awarded and a massive reduction in the number of early entries, which had been blamed for manipulating the figures.