Record top-grade A-Level performance and improved GCSE results

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Welsh students outperformed counterparts in Northern Ireland and England at the top grades of A-Level in 2019’s results. 27% of Welsh entries resulted in an A* or A-grade, higher than the English, Welsh and Northern Irish average of 25.5%.

76.3% of all Welsh A-level entries resulted in an A*-C grade – a rate bettered only by Northern Ireland and South East England.

At GCSE level, 62.8% of Welsh students achieved A*-C grades – an increase of 1.2 percentage points compared to 2018, but still lower than before the introduction of reformed GCSEs. While A*-C pass rates in science subjects improved, there were concerns about sudden drops in pass rates for English language and Welsh second language.