A-Level Results: A Record 424,000 Places Offered

A-Level 2016 Results are Out!

Hundreds of teenagers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have received their A-level results on Thursday, putting a stop to the anxious wait.  The excitement is palpable as students, their families and friends find out the long awaited results.

At the height of Results Day excitement, it has been revealed that A-level results have seen a marginal fall in top grades for the fifth successive year. A* and A grades were only 25.8 %, a 0.1% drop compared to last year. However, the pass rate remained at 98.1%

According to UCAS admission services, 424,000 places have been offered, which is a 3% rise on the number during last year’s results day and there could be more places available in top universities through clearing. Approximately 41,000 places are available in clearing, which is above last year’s figure.

Universities are now competing to win the hearts of students, describing the situation as a “buyer’s market” for applications.

UCAS says there had been over 60,000 course searches on their website by 10.30 am Thursday, the most popular courses being law, economics, psychology, nursing and business.

Among universities with places available, there’s Birmingham, Warwick, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds.

Sheffield University apparently took 1,800 calls in the first two hours, leading to 360 offers. Sheffield’s head of admissions Lynsey Hopkins said, “There’s never been a better year to be applying to university in terms of your chances of getting a place.”

Director General of the Joint Council for Qualifications, Michael Turner has said that the overall performance at the A-levels remains stable compared to last year.

School standards minister Nick Gibb has expressed his delight at the large number of applicants who have been able to secure places in world class universities, especially the rising numbers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We want to make our country a place where there is no limit on anyone’s ambition or what they can achieve, he added.

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