Differentiating top grades at A-level

Latest figures show that as large as one in five A-levels taken by pupils at private schools achieved the top A* grade, compared with the national average of one in 10. This year’s shortage of university places together with the contrasting figures between A-level results between private and state schools have heightened the concern that most privileged pupils will continue to dominate university entry.

In differentiating between top grade achieving pupils, some universities (Cambridge, Imperial, UCL and Warwick) – have adopted the A* as part of their offers this year. Whereas a number of schools have introduced the new Cambridge Pre-U qualifications, which were either taken alone, or alongside A-levels.

Michael Gove, education secretary, plans a major shakeup of A-levels and has indicated scrapping AS-levels and introducing more exams at the end of A-level courses to “revive the art of deep thought”.

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