Joining students picking up their results at Caerleon Comprehensive School in Newport, Leighton Andrews said:
“The young people here at Caerleon Comprehensive, like others across Wales and the UK, deserve to celebrate their results today.
“They’ve worked hard and deserve credit for what they have achieved. Parents and teachers should also be applauded for the support they’ve offered our young people along the way.
“It is also encouraging to see our flagship Welsh Baccalaureate continuing to grow in popularity as more and more young people recognise the added value it offers them when applying for University or entering the work place by developing the skills and attitudes that universities and employers demand”.
8,259 students have achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma this year, an increase of 1,311 (18.8%) compared to last year.
Those students who have achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma have a qualification which has real currency with universities where it widely accepted as an entry qualification for degree courses. The Welsh Baccalaureate is in addition to their A levels and other advanced level qualifications achieved as part of their learning programmes.
The Welsh Baccalaureate results published today show that;
- almost 10,000 learners (9,978) completed Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate programmes this year;
- 8,747 learners achieved the Core certificate of the Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate; and
- 8,259 learners have achieved both the Core certificate and the options requirements and have been awarded the full Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
The A and AS level results published today show that for students in Wales:
- 97.6% of A level entries resulted in a pass.
- 75% of A level entries resulted in a pass at grade C or above.
- 86.4% of AS entries resulted in a pass.
The Education Minister continued:
“It is positive to see further improvements being made in the A level pass rates this year and an increasing proportion of grades being awarded at grade C or above.
“The A level remains a highly respected qualifications across the UK which requires substantial hard work and dedication. Many congratulations to students celebrating their hard earned success, I wish them well for their future whether that’s seeking employment or going on to Higher Education.”