City's A-level students outperform the national average

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

The city’s headline results overall have been on or above the national average for the last ten years.

Local schools and colleges have also performed well in Level 3 and Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQ) – including BTECs – these are vocational alternatives to A-Levels. 

​More than 1,300 students have gained BTEC qualifications, with more than half achieving ‘Distinction’ and ‘Distinction*’ marks (or A*-B where assessments are graded like the A Level results).

Councillor Lucy Helliwell, co-chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Children & Young People Committee, said: 

​“These results are particularly good news. The results are the first since Covid to return to pre-pandemic grading standards. 

​“The outcomes are therefore an even more impressive achievement for young people, schools and colleges given the disruption that students have experienced throughout their GCSE, A level and Vocational Technical Qualification journeys.** 

​“I’d like to congratulate all our A level students for their hard work and wish them the best of luck on the next stage of their lives.” 


​In addition to higher education opportunities, apprenticeships offer opportunities to earn while you learn and get a foot on the career ladder.

There are 33 apprenticeship vacancies in the city with salaries are up to £22,000 a year.

You can find out more on the national apprenticeships wesbite.

Local and wider apprenticeship vacancies on the apprentinces section of

​For details of apprenticeships - and other opportunities - at the council, please visit our jobs pages.