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Swansea students celebrate A-Levels success story

A-Level students in Swansea are celebrating today after out-performing last year's results, with a 4% jump in those achieving the top A*-A grades.

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Based on WJEC figures published this morning, A-Level students from Swansea schools increased the overall pass rate to 97.6%, including 45% of maths entrants gaining a coveted A*-A grade.

More than 750 young people from Swansea schools had been waiting to find out how they'd got on in the exams which are critical to their ambitions of going on to university or other education and training.

Figures from other exam boards have still to be integrated into the final statistics for Swansea over the coming days, but the early WJEC statistics indicate another great year for A-Level students in the city.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education at Swansea Council, said: "It's another great set of achievements by young people in Swansea. I want to congratulate them, their parents, their schools and teachers for all the hard work that's resulted in these marks.

"Swansea Council is making a significant investment in supporting schools to raise attainment, including millions of pounds being spent on school maintenance and improvements.

"That investment is an investment in our children's futures and the A-Level results demonstrate that it is paying off."

In all, 24.4% of Swansea WJEC entrants gained an A* or A grade compared to 21.6% for Swansea WJEC entrants last year. The overall pass rate of WJEC students of 97.6% in Swansea is slightly up on last year's 97% performance for local WJEC students.

Maths is recognised as one of the toughest of the A-Level exams, but in Swansea 45.0% of entries got the top grades of A* or A with 83.8% attaining a C grade or above.  Further Mathematics had a 100% pass rate with 90.5% attaining grades A*-C and 57.1% with the top A*-A grades.  Pure Mathematics also recorded a 100% pass rate with all grades at B or above.

Chemistry was another popular subject this year with 111 entries.  Statistics show 23.4% gained grades A* and A, whilst 70.3% attained C grade or better. History was another popular subject with 111 entries and 91.0% with grades A* to C.  

Subjects where 100% of entrants scored C grade or higher were pure mathematics, Welsh second language, Welsh first language plus government and politics.

1,333 different entries were made for A-Level with the WJEC this year in 43 different subjects.

In 26 subjects, there was a pass rate (Grades A*-E) of 100% while in seven different subjects, a third or more of all entries attained top grades A* and A.

There were 22 subjects where 75% or more attained grades A*-C, with eight of these subjects having 90% or more with these grades.

Film studies was another subject with a 100% pass rate, with 84.6% attaining a grade C or better. 


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