Qualifications Wales confident that A and AS level standards are maintained

Thursday 17 Aug 2017

"We are confident that standards are being maintained,” said Qualifications Wales Chief Executive Philip Blaker.

“The way that grade boundaries have been set for new A-levels this summer ensures that students are treated fairly. They have not been advantaged or disadvantaged by being the first to sit these qualifications."

Qualifications Wales is the independent regulator of qualifications in Wales oversees how exam boards award GCSE, AS and A level qualifications and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Director of Regulations Jo Richards said: “This summer saw the first award of eight new AS and 14 new A level qualifications that have been developed for, and taken by, learners in Wales. We have closely monitored WJEC’s delivery of these new qualifications and are confident that standards have been maintained.

“Qualifications in subjects that have not yet been reformed continue to be awarded across Wales, England and Northern Ireland. We have worked closely with the qualifications regulators in those countries - Ofqual and CCEA - to oversee these awards as part of an existing three-country regulatory approach.”

Summary of results

A levels

In comparison with 2016 results:

  • the proportion achieving A* is up 1.7 percentage points to 8.3%

  • the proportion achieving A* or A is up 2.3 percentage points to 25.0%

  • the proportion achieving A* to E is up 0.4 percentage points to 97.7%

AS levels

In comparison with 2016 results:

  • the proportion achieving A is up 1.1 percentage points to 19.1%

  • the proportion achieving A to E is up 0.6 percentage point to 88.9%


The full overview report is available here.

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