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2019 A level results – detailed analysis

Today, around 300,000 students will be receiving their A level results across the country.

In general, the number of students receiving A*-A results across England, Wales and Northern Ireland has fallen this year. This summer, grades of A and above represent 25.5% of results, dropping from last year’s 26.7%. This represents the lowest level since 2007, which saw A grades at 25.3%

While figures from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) registered a lower proportion of students choosing to take subjects such as English and Maths, Geography in England experienced a rise in the numbers of 4.6% this year, to around 31,800.

Within Geography there was an overall pass rate of 98.6%, among which 23.3% received grades within A*-A, which represented a drop at this level of 1.2% from last year, mirroring the overall drop in grades seen from this year’s results.

Already, the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) has noted a reduction in the number of students being accepted on to UK degree courses. Despite around 638,000 having applied this year, the total number of students accepted to UK degree courses dropped 1% to 408,960. Yet, there has also been evidence to show that many students are waiting for clearing to apply, with UCAS anticipating around 70,000 further students receiving an offer via this route.

For more details, please click here to see an infographic of this data, or take a look at the Ofqual analytics page to explore more variables.

Download: JCQ Highlights of A level results

Download: Full analysis of 2019 A level results