The A Grade Team

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That time of year has once again arrived. The time of year when the future for thousands of young people across the nation decided, the time of year when students everywhere receive their A-level results. Aside from the news about students receiving their results and planning for their future, news has also broke that the number of A-levels being awarded in grades A or A* has fallen for the first time in over two decades.

As usual when educational results are not as high as expected, there’s a large chance that this news could lead to A-level professionals asking why this fall in A or A* grades has occurred, and could even lead them to begin to ask what has gone wrong for college students to cause this decrease in higher grades, compared to the students who came before them for two decades. Do these professionals sometimes expect too much from students? Is it really necessary to scrutinise young people when they receive any less than perfection?

This year, 335,000 young people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A-level results, most of who are intending to go to university and are having their educational fate decided through these results. There are already problems surrounding college students, such as the rise in university tuition fees, some are going to be spending up to £9000 a year knowing that they are going to come out of university in serious debt.

Surely the fact that young people are still willing to study at college and work to earn a place at university despite the fact that tuition fees are rising is something to reward in itself? People seem to increasingly forget that a pass grade is not a fail, just because a student doesn’t receive an A grade does not mean that they didn’t work hard enough on their A-levels to get it, nor does it mean that their life will be made any less successful because they received a C or D grade, people underestimate just what you can get out of a pass grade in terms of higher education and a career. We should be far less focused on what grades students are receiving and focus more on the fact that young people are still aiming high, and working hard to get there.  

Jenny Pinder

I'm a 22 year old living in Hull, soon to be living in Leeds. I recently found out I have officially passed my university degree, so now I have a summer of fun to look forward to. At the moment everything in life is falling nicely into place.

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