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Island students achieve excellent A-level results despite pandemic

Thursday, 13 August 2020

A levels

The majority of A-level students have achieved the grades close to what they were expecting, however many students have had their grades reduced by the examination board. This has led to problems with subjects such as mathematics and science and head teachers have lodged appeals regarding this downgrading. 

Indications from headteachers are that nearly 60% of pupils will take up a place at University off-island and 8% will take up a place at University College Isle of Man, whilst nearly 20% will be entering the employment sector. These figures are broadly in line with previous years, which is welcome news given the disruption caused by the global pandemic. 

More than 400 pupils received their A Level and Level 3 BTEC qualifications today, despite not sitting exams. Due to the unprecedented situation this year, a range of extra support is available for pupils throughout the day and throughout the summer holidays. 

Senior staff have been on hand in each school to provide students with their grades and offer support with their next steps. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) offers further information about results day on its website

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said:

‘Outcomes at A-level are extremely significant in the lives of our young people and I’d like to congratulate all of our pupils on their achievements. Regardless of the recent disruption, these results represent two years’ of effort and application on the part of pupils and staff, as well as considerable support from parents. 

‘I’d like to thank our teaching staff for their hard work, especially in submitting evidence and centre assessment grades to exam boards, and for coming into school to offer advice and guidance to pupils today. 

‘For all decisions pupils choose to take, whether that’s taking up university and college places or entering the employment sector, I wish them every success in their continuing journey.’

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