After an anxious wait, over 700,000 students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their GCSE results as we come toward the end of the reform period. This year, entries have risen overall by 1.4%, with the 16 year-old population growing by 1.5%.
In general the results at 4/C grade and 7/A have remained stable since last year, with slight rises registered at both levels; Ofqual has reported a rise from 69.2% to 69.9% at 4/C and from 21.4% to 21.9% at 7/A. This is good news for students taking what have been described as more rigorous examinations than previous years. In contrast, pass marks for resits have dropped.
This year, Geography saw a large rise in candidates, with 3.4% more students across the UK, and passing the 250,000 mark in England alone. This is a notable change, as numbers have increased more than the 16 year old population (1.5%) and entries (1.4%).
There has also been an increase in the number of students achieving the highest grades of A/7 in Geography, reflecting an overall rise in grades, but also exceeding the general trend by 0.4%
Going on from these positive figures, many students will be considering what steps to take to move forward in their education, and the percentage of students continuing in full time education is still on the rise. For more information on trends after GCSE, see these charts from the BBC which detail possible pathways.
Download: Highlights from the JCQ report
Download: Detailed report for geography
Check this page for further updates and analysis from the GA coming soon.