16 August 2018

City’s A-level grades ‘way ahead’ of national average

Brighton & Hove A-level students have once again outperformed the national average this year.

Provisional results from the city’s seven education centres offering A-levels show that overall:

  • 34.3% of grades were A*-A –  almost eight percentage points above the national figure of 26.4%
  • 61.6% of grades were A*-B – an increase of 2.8 percentage points from 2017 and nearly nine percentage points higher than the national average of 52.7%
  • 98.7% of exams taken received pass grades (A*-E), exceeding national figures

At AS level entries are down nationally and locally as a result of the introduction of reformed stand-alone AS levels. Of those who took the exam, top grades (A*-B) went up by 14.9% across all centres.

The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Dan Chapman, said: “In terms of high achieving A-level students we’re way ahead of the national average.

“This is also the sixth year running that Brighton & Hove’s overall pass rate is equal to or above national figures.

“I’m thrilled that so many young people in the city have performed so well, and I wish them all the best of luck with their next steps in life.”

The council’s youth employability service is running a live question and answer session on Facebook at 3pm on Friday 16 August. Anyone with questions about their results or who are struggling with their next steps can join in: www.facebook.com/yesbrightonhove / @YouthEmployabilityService

In addition to higher education opportunities, apprenticeship positions offer opportunities to earn while you learn and get a foot on the career ladder. Some apprentice posts can also lead to a degree.

Thousands of vacancies are available in a range of industries, from engineering to nursing, and law to design. For more information visit www.getingofar.gov.uk

The council currently has 10 apprenticeships advertised with several more coming up soon. Details at https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/jobs