More than one in four A-level students scored an A or A* grade in their results, Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) figures show.
But while the proportion of students getting higher grades has gone up, results across subjects reformed by the Government have fallen.
Thirteen A-level subjects were reformed – abolishing modular exams and reducing coursework – in a bid to better prepare students for university but university applications have fallen showing a surge towards an earlier start to a career rather than further education.
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