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Provisional Sixth Form Examination Results, 2005 18 August 2005

    The Isle of Man’s provisional A level results for schools show a record number of students sitting A levels and the highest pass rate ever achieved on the Island.

    In the five secondary schools, over 330 Year 13 students sat A and AS level examinations, as well as AVCEs (Advanced Vocational Certificates in Education), in a record 37 subjects. Students were entered for a total of 1270 A and AS levels.

    The provisional results reflect the enormous hard work that has been put in by students and teachers.

    • • The Island’s A level pass rate was 96.3%, the highest ever achieved.
    • • The breadth of subjects available was greater than ever with students entered for Electronics, Law and Travel and Tourism (AVCE) in addition to more traditional subject titles.
    • • The number of entries per student was slightly down on last year with students being entered for an average of 3.8 subjects each.
    • • The number of A level passes at grades A and B, at just over 37% of entries, was slightly below the record figure of 2003 but well up on last year.
    • • Using the UCAS points system (120 for grade A, 100 for B, 80 for C, 60 for D, 40 for E) the average points score per A level entry at 78.8, was the second highest on record.

    These A level results were the fourth set of results based on the new A level system which has divided A level into two halves, AS (Advanced Subsidiary) level and A2. The system was changed in 2000 to allow students to broaden their studies by taking additional AS levels in Year 12.

    The Island’s overall pass rate at A level was 96.3%, compared with 94.2% last year. This might appear in line with the pass rate for England and Wales, but when comparing results it should be borne in mind that those results include independent schools, colleges and mature students whereas the Isle of Man data relate solely to 18 year olds in the five secondary schools. The Isle of Man schools also have a higher staying on rate than in England and enter a higher proportion of students for A level. Given this context the Island’s results are very pleasing indeed.

    Some outstanding results by individual students have been achieved in each of the schools. Once again a number of students obtained four or five grade A passes at A level. At least one student has achieved a mark within the top 10 for that subject. It appears that most students should be successful in securing places at their first choice university which is a useful measure of how well students have done in relation to their own expectations.

    Minister for Education Hon David Anderson MHK said: “I would like to congratulate our young people on their achievement and to wish them well in the next stage of their education or in their chosen careers. Education is not about pass rates but it is about young people achieving their potential. I am delighted that our schools have served our young people so well and would like to extend my congratulations to our teachers for their dedication and professionalism.”

    18th August 2005

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