A-level outcomes for the highest grades are one of the best since 2009 in Wales, in line with outcomes printed on Thursday.
The proportion of A* and A grades is 25% – 2.7% increased than 2016. The eight.three% of A* grades is one of the best since 2010 when it was launched.
This yr sees outcomes for 14 new “reformed” A-level programs for the primary time.
However the variety of entries, 33,294, is the bottom for greater than a decade.
The outcomes additionally present:
- Wales has closed the gap with the rest of the UK for the highest grades and is forward of all northern and Midland areas of England at A*-A.
- However for A* to C grades it’s nonetheless behind all areas of England, aside from the West Midlands and East Midlands.
- A 1.5% enchancment at grade B and a couple of% at C.
- For the primary time since modern-day data started in 2001, boys in Wales outperformed ladies at grades A and A* – 25.1% for boys in comparison with 24.9% for ladies – though that is strongly related to topic selection.
- Ladies proceed to outperform boys at different grades – with the hole of 5.four% the widest at grade C. Additionally they outperformed boys at A* and A grades in English, historical past and chemistry, though lagged behind in maths and biology.
- At AS-level – which nonetheless applies in Wales and contributes 40% in direction of the general A-level end result – 19.1% of entries earned A grades, an enchancment on 2016.
- Wales A-level results 2017 – as they unfolded
Training Secretary Kirsty Williams welcomed an “encouraging enhance” within the quantity reaching the highest grades, together with in maths (19.four% A*), biology (10.2% A*), chemistry (12.2% A*) and physics (10.four% A*).
“We have now additionally seen the outcomes go up throughout a spread of topics and I would like us to proceed to construct on this,” she stated.
“I’m dedicated to creating certain our schooling system gives pupils with the abilities and data they want for the trendy world.”
The brand new A-level exams are in artwork and design, biology, enterprise, chemistry, laptop science, economics, English language, historical past, psychology, physics, sociology and Welsh language.
The mechanism used to set grades can compensate college students when large adjustments are available in – so they aren’t at a drawback.
However the regulator in Wales has not needed to intervene.
Philip Blaker, chief govt of Wales, stated: “We’re assured that requirements are being maintained.
“The best way that grade boundaries have been set for brand new A-levels this summer season ensures that college students are handled pretty. They haven’t been advantaged or deprived by being the primary to sit down these .”
However the physique is to take a look at why fewer college students are taking A-levels, whether or not they’re merely dropping out or selecting extra vocational profession paths.
There have been declines in college students taking some topics together with English (-16%), historical past (-15%), ICT (-22%) and science (-18%).
David Evans, Wales secretary of NUT Cymru stated: “Past the highest grades we’ve seen related will increase general and that’s nice testomony to the arduous work being put in at our colleges and schools.
“The outcomes signify an incredible basis for our children transferring ahead.”
Rob Williams, coverage director for the top lecturers’ union NAHT Cymru welcomed the outcomes however stated funding shortfalls have been making it more and more troublesome for colleges and schools to make ends meet.
“The Welsh Authorities must work carefully with college leaders to implement a practical long run funding technique that ensures colleges and schools can proceed to supply the perfect help to their college students within the years to come back,” he stated.
ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATH: Engineering apprentice and toolmaker
Lizzie Roberts began taking historical past, English and RE at A-level however all the time needed to be a toolmaker like her grandfather.
She transferred to Neath Faculty to check engineering as a substitute and it led to an apprenticeship as a toolmaker with Rosti Automotive Canning Brett.
It includes a day launch to varsity to proceed her research – and she or he already has plans to take a one-year MSc when she finishes.
The 22-year-old from Swansea stated college was “not the be-all and end-all.”
“You do not have to go down the standard route. I’ve not obtained any mortgage, I am incomes good cash – apprentices receives a commission much more than they ever did – and my firm is paying for me to go to varsity.”
APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY
There was a 5% drop in applications to universities from students living in Wales via Ucas – 22,530 in comparison with 23,740 in the identical interval final yr and after 4 successive will increase.
Whole numbers making use of to Welsh universities has additionally dropped – together with the numbers of international college students – since 2016.
The applying price by means of Ucas from 18-year-old college students in Wales has fallen from 32.9% to 32.5%.
Universities Wales stated though there had been a slight enchancment in functions since January it was nonetheless unclear how the sample would change throughout clearing.
“A discount in functions doesn’t routinely imply a discount in precise enrolments,” a spokesman stated.
“Nonetheless, the figures throughout the UK level to various potential challenges rising, akin to underlying inhabitants change – specifically the variety of 18-year-olds in Wales, which is projected to proceed to say no considerably till 2020 – and the affect of Brexit.”
The spokesman stated pupil satisfaction remained excessive.
The College of South Wales stated it had programs in a spread of topic areas “so it’s price candidates contacting us”.
Swansea College stated it had “restricted locations out there throughout most topic areas”.
Aberystwyth College additionally has various clearing locations throughout greater than 100 programs – and is utilizing reside chat and Fb messenger for the primary time to supply locations.
“We expect demand to be excessive for our science and computing programs, but additionally for these programmes akin to English and inventive writing, worldwide politics and geography,” stated a spokeswoman.
New programs have been additionally being provided by means of clearing for the primary time, together with film-making, robotics and embedded programs engineering.
Glyndwr College in Wrexham stated it nonetheless had locations out there.
“It has been a really busy day up to now, with the primary name acquired round 6.30am,” stated a spokesman.
“We have been talking to potential college students from all around the nation and the telephones have been ringing all through, so we’ve been making prompt choices and presents in lots of circumstances.”
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ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATH: Beginning a enterprise
Olivia Rees, 20, of Sebastopol, Torfaen, is working part-time and in addition beginning her personal enterprise, Caking Sisters, with sister Melissa, who lives in Bristol.
She failed her A-levels however had already had sufficient of educational examine and is now trying to flip a interest right into a full-time enterprise inside the subsequent two years.
Olivia stated: “Do not panic, it isn’t make or break when you have solely obtained a D grade. It is not the top of the world, you are simply 18.
“A few of my buddies went to college actually for the sake of going they usually did not know what else to do.”
She stated she was inspired by household and buddies after taking desserts into college and is now trying to make speciality desserts for weddings and different particular events.
Olivia nonetheless works three days every week in a bridal store and her boss has helped her as a mentor to find out about advertising, tax and invoicing. She can be saving up for any additional programs she would possibly must take.
“It is lengthy hours – typically I am nonetheless baking at 10:30pm – however it’s one thing I wish to do.”