Roughly 12,000 students receive A-level results, with pass rate rising

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The Joint Council for Qualifications, the umbrella body for exams in the UK, has said that the A-level pass rate rose very slightly this year for students in Northern Ireland.

Those attaining results ranging from an A* to and E in their A levels rose by 0.1 percentage points to 98.2 per cent.

There was also a small increase of 0.3 per cent in those awarded the top grade, with 7.6 per cent of entries receiving an A*.

The percentage of entries achieving A* - A fell by 0.6 per cent to 29.3 per cent,

Roughly 12,000 students received A level results this morning.

Another 13,000 received A/S levels.

Education Minister John O’Dowd said in a statement: “After their years of hard work, I am delighted to congratulate the thousands of young people on their achievements today, and of course their parents and teachers...

“Our young people have performed well and I wish them well in their next step.

“For other young people, today’s results will not be what they had hoped and I would encourage them not to be disheartened.

“The pathways through study and training to employment are not the same for everyone, and help and advice is available. Teachers, careers advisers and parents can offer good advice and support on the options available to you.”

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More to follow.