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Swansea students celebrating their success in Welsh Baccalaureate, A-Level and AS-Level examinations have today been praised by Swansea East AM and former FE lecturer, Mike Hedges.
The A-Level and AS-Level results published today show that for students in Wales:
- 97.6% of A-Level entries resulted in a pass;
- 75.2% of A-Level entries resulted in a pass at grade A*- C;
- 86.2% of AS entries resulted in a pass.
In addition, today’s Welsh Baccalaureate results show that:
- 10,362 learners completed Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate programmes this year;
- 9,159 learners achieved the Core certificate of the Advanced level Welsh Baccalaureate; and
- 8,565 learners have achieved both the Core certificate and the options requirements and have been awarded the full Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma. An increase of 306 from last year.
Entries in the STEM subjects including Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics have also gone up from 7,795 in 2012 to 7,980 in 2013.
Speaking on today’s set of results, Mike Hedges AM said:
“Students across Swansea and Wales can be really proud of themselves today. This is the end result of two years of hard work for all involved and they deserve this success. I’d also like to pay tribute to all teachers and parents for their hard work and support in helping our learners reach their full potential with another set of great exam results.
The former FE lecture added:
“While the competition for university places, work placements and jobs is tough, there is help available to students through Student Finance Wales, Careers Wales and through the ‘clearing’ departments at each university. I would encourage anyone unsure about what to do next to get in touch for some further advice and support.”
Education & Skills Minister Huw Lewis said:
“This is a good set of results. The A level pass rate in Wales remains high and we are seeing steady progress in a number of different subjects, with an increasing proportion of grades awarded at grades A* – C.”
Speaking on the Welsh Baccalaureate results, the Minister added:
“It is also extremely encouraging to see our flagship Welsh Baccalaureate continuing to grow in popularity. More learners are recognising the opportunities it offers them when applying for university or when entering the work place.
“Those students who have achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma have a qualification which has real currency with universities where it is widely accepted as an entry qualification for degree courses. The Welsh Baccalaureate is an additional qualification to their A levels and other advanced level qualifications achieved as part of their learning programmes.”