Manx A-level students do better than ever before

Pupils at Queen Elizabeth II High School get their results

Pupils at Queen Elizabeth II High School get their results

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Manx A-level students have done better than ever before.

The 2015 results in the Department of Education and Children’s five secondary schools show a higher percentage of passes at the top grade of A*, and a higher UCAS points score per entry, than in any previous year.

The overall pass rate equalled the previous best.

In the five secondary schools, 326 students were entered for 1,060 A-levels and more than 260 AS-levels in more than 40 subjects.

The number of entries per student, at 3.7, was slightly higher than last year. In some years, entries have exceeded 4 per student but entries are now reflecting greater focus on securing university places asking for 3 A levels.

The breadth of subjects available (more than 40 separate titles) was in line with recent years. Subjects entered ranged from economics and psychology to physics and creative writing.

The island’s A level pass rate was 98.2 per cent. This equalled the previous highest pass rate of 2010.

The percentage of passes at A*, at 8.3 per cent, was the highest since the A* was introduced in 2010. 41.8 per cent of entries achieved passes at higher grades A*-B, slightly down on the record figure of 43.6 per cent in 2013, but the third highest on record.

Using the UCAS tariff system (140 points for grade A*, 120 points for A, 100 for B, 80 for C, 60 for D, 40 for E) the average points score per subject entry, at 84.3, was up on the previous year’s record of 83.7 points.

The average points score per student, at 309, while not a record, was up on last year and equivalent to an average of more than three grade Bs per student.

Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner will include A-level results and more stories.

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