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A-level results 2019: Key questions

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Around 300,000 teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A and AS-level results. The BBC News website sets out some of the key questions that often crop up.Are there any changes to A-levels this year?New A-level syllabuses have been phased into schools in England since 2015. The first new-style exams were in 2017.The changes mean there is less coursework and students are
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A-level results: ‘I didn’t go to uni and I love what I do’

[ad_1] On A-level results day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, thousands of young people are considering what to do next. For some, that means going to university but many will go straight into the workplace. Chef Spencer Hewitt, personal trainer Imogen Clarke and stage crew member Zivile Zukauskaite, all from the east of England, have "no regrets" on deciding a degree was not for them.A-levels results day: All you
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A-level grade boundaries leaked ahead of results day

[ad_1] Leaked documents show A-level maths candidates had to score just 55% to get an A grade in this year's paper.Documents revealing the grade boundaries for all A-level exams set by exam board Edexcel, owned by Pearson, have been leaked on social media. Pearson said all exam boards shared grade boundaries with schools in confidence to help them prepare for results day.A-level students are due to get their results on
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BTec Nationals: Who are the students who didn’t just do A-levels?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The summer ritual of A-level results day is so well known it's easy to forget the thousands of students receiving their BTec National results. So, who is studying for the qualification and why do they take what is often seen as an alternative to A-levels? Who takes BTecs and why?Provisional figures suggest just under 250,000 students completed BTec Nationals in 2019, compared with about 300,000
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BTec results: Vocational qualifications ‘not an easy option’

[ad_1] A BTec student who has been offered a place at university said practical qualifications can be more appropriate than academic ones such as A-levels.Tasnim Bhuiyan, 21, from Cardiff is one of thousands of students in Wales getting their final results today.He said the practical nature of the BTec qualification helped him get a place studying computer security at the University of South Wales.It comes as employers' body CBI Wales
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Disabled Students’ Allowances: Over half of eligible students miss out

[ad_1] Image copyright Rose Ann Confusion over what is meant by disability, and poor awareness of a widely available fund, has led to 60% of eligible students missing out on financial support at university.With A-level results due out on Thursday, thousands of young people will soon be deciding whether to take on the expense of a university education. For those students who are disabled and have additional access requirements, university
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Labour plans to scrap predicted grades system

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Angela Rayner says Labour would change the system "by the end of our first term in office" Labour says it would scrap the system of university places being offered on the basis of predicted grades and bring in a system of applying after results.The party says the allocation of places on predicted grades is "deeply unfair".But universities and schools say any changes would