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A-level results released today – did you make the cut?

By TheStudentGuide
A-level results released today – did you make the cut?

The number of students achieving top marks at A-level dropped for the first time in more than 20 years today.

The figures published by examination boards indicate that only 26.6% of papers have been awarded an A grade – that’s a drop of 0.4% from last year.

UCAS later confirmed that 357,915 students have been accepted onto university degree courses overnight - which seems a lot, but that’s down almost 7% from last year.

So, the race for places through clearing has begun.

Jan Thompson, director of the Association of Professional Tutors, commented:

So the critics of grade inflation have got what they wanted. The dip in the number of top grades being awarded will neutralise some of the accusations of A-levels being dumbed down. But it will also leave tens of thousands of young people - and their parents - in a state of panic.

The AAB offer, once seen as the zenith of A-level results, has become more common as universities are not limited in the number of places they can offer to elite sudents. But the number of lower offers they can make is limited. Add this to the decline in top grades awarded and you have the perfect storm - and a surge in the number of those missing their offer.

More students than ever now face a tough choice between trying their luck in clearing, or hitting the books once again and retaking the subjects in which they missed the mark."

To search the latest Course Clearing vacancies, visit The Telegraph’s Course Search here.

Mirror.co.uk will also be hosting a live UCAS advice webchat with UCAS Advisor, Giles Ursall. It starts at 11:30am today, get your clearing questions answered by visiting the site.

Are exams getting harder? Do universities favour the upper classes? Have you been forced to race for a uni place through clearing? Share your experiences below.

Tagged: university, results, clearing, a levels

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