The overall pass rate rose by 2.7 per cent to 90.7 per cent, attributed by the Welsh Joint Education Committee to the greater popularity of modular courses. A grades also bucked the national trend, rising 1.5 points in Wales to 16. 8 per cent.
In Wales, the rise in the number of students taking sciences and maths was even more marked - and pass rates in biology, chemistry, maths and physics all jumped by between 6 and 8 per cent, well above the national average.
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