Analysis -A-Level Results 2018
Overall, results have remained stable, possibly reflecting that for many courses this is the second cohort of students who have studied under the new system but also the application of ‘comparable outcomes’ which means that students are not unfairly penalised for being the first cohort taking a qualification. The percentage of A-levels at grades A*-C is 76.8 per cent, down 0.5 percentage points from the previous year, with a decrease of 0.2 percentage points for grades A*-B. The proportion achieving A*/A has remained flat.
In terms of grades, the percentage of A-levels at A* level is 8.5 per cent among male students vs 7.6 per cent among female students. This may partially reflect the relative levels of male students studying mathematics and further mathematics, both subjects with high rates of A*s. Female students, however, are more likely to achieve qualifications at levels A*/B. As the majority of university places have tariffs which do not require A* grades (especially outside of science subjects), this may link to the underrepresentation of males taking undergraduate degrees.