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Minister congratulates students and teachers following strong A-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results

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Education Minister, Huw Lewis has congratulated students and teachers in Wales on a strong set of A-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results.
Thursday 13 August 2015

Speaking from a visit to Bassaleg School in Newport, where the Minister joined students collecting their exam results, he said:

“This year’s A-level results show another strong performance in Wales with high outcomes at key subjects such as Maths, Further Maths, and French.  

“The percentage of our students achieving the very top grade has increased yet again and this year we are seeing the highest A* outcome for Wales since the grade was introduced in 2010.  This shows a real and growing trend for improvement amongst our most able learners.

“Achievements across Wales are the result of a great deal of hard work by students and their  teachers and I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate everyone involved on this success.

“I am particularly encouraged to see the increase of A*s at Biology, Chemistry and Maths. These subjects are of real importance to a modern and highly skilled economy and I’m sure this success will offer real opportunities for our learners as they embark on further studies and future careers.

“Other causes for celebration are our strong AS results, which show an increase in overall and A - C pass rates and our Welsh Baccalaureate results which show a small increase in the proportion of students achieving the full Diploma and significant increases  within the Skills qualifications components of the Core.

“ Of course this is the first year that our students have been given graded outcomes for their Advanced Welsh Bacc and we know that this change is making the Welsh Bacc all the more valuable to Universities as they prepare their offers.”

While at Bassaleg School the Minister spoke about the Welsh Government’s Seren programme which is supporting more of Wales’ most able students to progress to the UK’s top Universities.

He said:

“ I am committed to ensuring that our most talented students are given every opportunity to access  top Universities and our Seren programme, which provides advice, guidance and support to learners has been designed to do just that.

“The first five Seren hubs will formally start work in September but we know that the work we have done so far to increase admissions to top universities is really starting to pay off.”

The results published today show:

A levels

  • An overall pass rate of 97.3%
  • An overall A*-C pass rate of 74.3.%
  • An overall A* pass rate of 7.3%

AS levels 

  • An 86.8% overall pass rate
  • An A - C pass rate of 57.5%

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Core is graded this year, for the first time and outcomes show that:

  • 92.2% pass rate for the Core Certificate of the WB Advanced Diploma 
  • 12.2% achieved grade A* for the Core
  • 29.3% achieved grade A for the Core
  • 30.3% achieved grade B for the Core
  • 20.4% achieved grade C for the Core
  • 4123 Welsh Bacc learners achieved level 3 Essential Skills Wales Application of Number
  • 1985 Welsh Bacc learners achieved level 3 Essential Skills Wales ICT


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