August 24th, 2017
It is not surprising that youngsters are now taking their education more seriously as the national education system more or less now centres on preparing college and sixth form students for university. Couple that with average student debts upon graduation of up to £50,000, and it is no surprise that education is considered to be serious business.
This year has marked the first time in six years that top A Level marks have increased across England Wales. This has followed a major shakeup to the system. Impressively, more than one in four A Level students achieved an A or A* grade in their results according to Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) figures.
The results were mixed, however, as while the proportion of students achieving higher grades increased, results across the subjects overhauled by the government have fallen overall. The subjects altered were: art and design, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, English language, English language and literature, English literature, history, physics, psychology and sociology, according to Sky News.
The published national results of 2017’s exams show that in the bulk of subjects the proportion of A and A* grades awarded went up to 26.3%, a rise of half a percentage point compared with 2016.
The two sets of exams showed wide variation in the relative performance of boys and girls. Overall, for the first time in at least seven years, boys outperformed girls in achieving A-A* grades, gaining 26.6% A and A*, compared with 26.1% for girls. Last year 25.7% of boys were awarded A and A*s – 0.3% below girls.
However, in the reformed subjects girls did better, with 7.3% awarded the highest A* grade compared with 7% of boys, while the A and A* grades combined were the same for both at 24.3%. Overall the pass rate in the A*-E grades fell 0.2 points to 97.9%, with a larger fall among the reformed subjects of 0.5%.
The UCAS university admissions body says that 416,000 places have so far been confirmed - down 2% on last year - reflecting a dip in the number of 18 year olds in the UK.
Clearing places should prove, once again, to be very popular with many students seeking out places in the universities of the big cities and the big towns. Big name universities in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool are expecting an influx of last minute applications as students seek out the best value.
Student landlords can, once again, be confident that student numbers remain healthy and demand for student accommodation will remain high, meaning high yields and returns.