STUDENTS across the city discover today how they fared in their A-levels and whether they secured their chosen university and college places.
Nationally around one in four entries are expected to receive top grades, with boys likely to outperform girls again in terms of A*s and one expert suggesting that they could also close the gap with their female classmates at the A grade boundary.
There were early reports of success across the city this morning. Leeds City College saw pupils achieve a 98 per cent pass rate overall with the vast majority of A-level programmes achieving 100 per cent pass rates. The college said that more than a fifth of grades awarded were A* to B. Meanwhile, Leeds Beckett University has launched a ‘chatbot’ to help prospective students find the right course through clearing. Chris Watts, director of university recruitment, said: “Social media is forming a key part of the relationship prospective students are building with institutions prior to accepting a place.”
This year’s results mark a key step in major reforms to A-levels introduced by government in recent years, including a move away from coursework and modular exams, as well as a decision to separate AS-levels to form standalone qualifications. The shake-up has led to a 42 per cent drop in AS-level entries this year, and schools today raised concerns it has “sounded the death knell” for the qualifications.