51% of A-level entries were awarded A* or A grades…

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It is that time of year when the news is full of those cheesy pictures of attractive A-Level students jumping in the air. While you don’t want to rain on their parade you do wonder what is going on if 51% of them got As. Grade inflation just pushes up the entry requirements for universities. When I went to Queen’s I sailed in with a bunch of Bs, now most courses are looking As. Law wants 3 As. You used …

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A-levels: How to make some lemonade when you get handed a lemon

This is the time of year when students either celebrate success or drown their sorrows as the standard debate takes place about are these exams getting easier? And did Northern Ireland come first? Are you getting into the University of your first choice? It was August 2007 when it my turn to open up that envelope and find out the grades that would determine the next few years of my life. When I was at school, there was an unquestioning …

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