Day of destiny for thousands of students

PUBLISHED: 08:58 14 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:58 14 August 2014

Students will be celebrating today. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA

Students will be celebrating today. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA


Today is the day which will decide the course of thousands of lives.

For many A-level students, 8am is the moment when they can log on to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service website to see if they secured a place at their preferred university.

However, they will have to wait until they open the dreaded envelope at their school or college to see their actual exam grades.

The exams regulator, Ofqual, has already warned there could be greater variability in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, because of government reforms.

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Speaking earlier this month, chief regulator Glynis Stacey said: “Different schools will be affected by the changes in different ways.

“What I am saying to parents now is that there are a number of changes which are bound to affect the detail of how results look, but you can have confidence in the standards that are being set.”

While the biggest effect is likely to be seen in next week’s GCSE results, she said today’s A-level results could be affected by the decision that students could no longer sit exams in January, or re-sit AS units in Year 13.

Nationally, last year 26.3% of entries scored an A* or A, down 0.3% on the year before.

The national picture also showed that boys pulled further ahead in the highest grades in 2013, with 8% of boys’ entries gaining an A* compared with 7.4% of girls. In 2012 the gap between the sexes was just 0.1%, with young men doing better.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teachers’ union, said while much of the speculation about today’s results focused on a predicted fall in top grades because of the government ‘toughening up’ of exams, most of the government’s A-level reforms had not been implemented yet, and would have no impact.

See our live results coverage on our website throughout today, and our special A-levels supplement in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Are you receiving your results today? Tweet your results day photos to @EDP24 using #EDPAlevels

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