A-level exam results day 2015 – the headlines

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More A-level passes but less A*s and As, and a record number of university places – these are the top headlines from A-level exam results day 2015.

Top grades were given to 25.9% of entries, a slight fall from 26% last year, but the number of passes rose by 0.1% to 98.1%.

More young people took A-levels this year – 850,749 compared to 833,807 in 2014. And the number of students taking facilitating subjects rose by 0.8% - largely down to rises in geography, history, and English literature.

Maths the most popular A-level

Maths remains the most popular A-level (10.9% of all entries) and English is a close second with 10.5%.

The figures come from the Joint Council for Qualifications. Its director general, Michael Turner, said today: “The overriding message is one of stability. There have been no significant changes to the system, results are stable and entries follow expected patterns.”

Record number of university places

More than 409,000 students have already been accepted to UK universities and colleges according to Ucas – 3% more than last year.

This is the highest number of acceptances ever recorded on A-level results day.

And the gap between men and women has widened further with 27,000 more young women from the UK set to start university compared to men.

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