Hundreds of thousands of students at FE colleges and schools around the country have been receiving their A-level results today.
Figures from university admissions service Ucas show that a record total of 424,000 students have been placed in UK higher education institutions so far – an increase of 3 per cent from last year.
The most popular A-level subject this year was maths, covering 11 per cent of all entries, followed by English, biology, psychology and history.
The proportion of A-level entries being awarded an A or A* grade went down slightly from 25.9 per cent last year to 25.8 per cent – the fifth year in a row that it has fallen. Overall, 98.1 per cent of all entries received a pass grade of A* to E, which is unchanged from last year.
Bill Watkin, chief executive of the Sixth-Form Colleges Association, said: “Many congratulations to all students who received their examination results today. It looks like sixth-form colleges will celebrate another year of outstanding success.
"This year’s results underline just how important sixth-form colleges are to the education landscape and how effective they are in helping young people progress to higher education or employment. For many years, sixth-form colleges have outperformed school and academy sixth forms while educating more disadvantaged students and receiving less funding.”
'Just as valuable as an honours degree'
Martin Doel, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, added: “Congratulations to all students receiving their A-level results today. While many young people will now be considering going to a university or negotiating the clearing process, it is important to remember there are other more affordable education and training routes available which can lead directly to a career.
“Traditional three-year full-time university degrees have a vitally important role but it is crucial that young people are aware that further education colleges also offer a wide range of higher level technical and professional education, including apprenticeships and part-time study options.
"Not only are tuition fees less at a college, living and travelling costs are also much lower because it’s possible to stay at home. A higher apprenticeship in aerospace engineering can be just as valuable to the individual and the nation as an honours degree.”
Coverage of A-level results day from City and Islington College in London
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