AS and A-level results

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20 August 2009


The Schools Minister Iain Wright today congratulated A-level students and welcomed news that increased numbers of pupils are passing A Levels, with rises in key subjects like sciences – and maths at its highest level in over a decade. 


The UK 2009 A level and AS results show the number of learners taking Mathematics and Further Maths A levels at their highest levels for well over a decade.


The UK 2009 A Level and AS results (covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland) show:   


o       There was a 2.3% increase in entries at A Level (846,977 compared to 827,737 in 2008) and 4.3% at AS Level (1,177,018 compared to 1,128,150 in 2008) this year

o       A huge rise (12.2%) in the numbers taking mathematics A Levels, 72,475 entries compared to 64,593 in 2008.

o       Further maths was also up by 15.2% to 10,473 (compared to 9,091 in 2008).  At AS Level Further Maths has gone up 47.2% to 13,164 (compared to 8,945 in 2008.)

o       In sciences – biology entrance was down 0.9%, chemistry up 1.9% and physics up 4.8% in 2008.

o       English was the most popular A Level, with 91,815 (10.8% of candidates) taking it. This was followed by maths (72,475 or 8.5%) and biology (56,010 or 6.6%)

o       A rise in the overall pass rate (A-E) from 97.2% in 2008 to 97.5% at A Level this year.


o       At AS Level, the pass rate has dropped slightly from 88.2% to 88.1%

o       A rise in the proportion of A grades awarded at A Level from 25.9% in 2008 to 26.7% this year.


The latest results mean that there has been a 9.9 percentage point rise in the pass rate at A Level since 1997 (from 87.6% to 97.5%).


All the figures can be viewed at the Joint Council for Qualifications website:


This is the first year the new Extended Project qualification, worth half an A level, has been awarded, with students doing an in-depth, where to get viagra independent research into a subject of their choice.


Backed by universities, the Extended Project has been designed so students can show off the research and analytical skills and academic flair they need for higher education and the world of work.



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