THIS year’s A-level results are among the best ever according to island education chiefs.
A record number of students (397) completed A-level courses this year and the pass rate of 97.8 per cent was the second highest on record.
But there have been some problems.
The Department of Education and Children says that feedback from the schools shows that it has been a difficult day for students to contact universities for confirmation of their places.
Record numbers of applicants (670,000) chasing 470,000 places resulted in the UCAS Track system crashing throughout the day. University admissions switchboards were overrun.
However, by 2pm, most students had been successful in securing places at their first choice university. There are relatively few students looking for places through ‘clearing’, despite the concerns in the UK that there would be fierce competition for university places.
Minister for Education and Children Eddie Teare MHK said: ‘I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the Island’s A-level students and to their teachers and schools. ‘Approximately 40 per cent of the Island’s 18 year olds have averaged the equivalent of three grade Bs per student.
‘That has not been achieved without a great deal of hard work on the part of both students and staff as well as considerable support from parents.’
The number of UCAS points per entry was the third highest ever achieved. The percentage of passes at higher grades A*-B was up on the previous two years.
In the five secondary schools, Year 13 students were entered for over 1,370 A-levels and more than 220 AS levels in over 40 subjects.
The breadth of subjects available (over 40 separate titles) was in line with the record numbers of recent years.
Some students even managed five grade A passes, says the DEC.
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