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A-level results 2014: Everything you need to know

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Lord Wandsworth's Lizzy Heywood, who gained four A*s, is congratulated by senior deputy head Gareth Pearson

Around 280,000 students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland collected their A-level results on Thursday after sitting the exams this year.

Despite the national pass rate falling slightly compared to last year, Hampshire students were celebrating a good year.           



In total, there were 838,798 entries for exams and the overall pass rate nationally was 98% - 0.1% down on last year, the first time it has fallen since 1982.

But 8.2% were awarded an A*, up 0.6% on last year, and 26% scored at least an A grade, down 0.3% on 2013.



Boys outperformed girls nationally at A* grade for the third year running.



The most popular subject this year was maths, taken by 88,816 students, followed by English with 85,336 entries.

A record 396,990 undergraduates have had places confirmed at UK universities so far, up 3% on last year. For the first time this year, the total number of people going to university could top half a million, according to the admissions service Ucas.




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