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A-level students on improving results

BBC readers who have received their A-level results talk about their experiences and whether A-levels have got easier.

KERRY WILCOCKS, Newton Abbot, Devon
Kerry Wilcocks

A-levels are definitely not getting easier and I'd challenge anyone who says that to sit my exams.

I worked incredibly hard to pass my A-levels and get accepted to study geography at the Bristol University.

I got two As in geography and business studies and two Bs in history and law.

Students are getting better results because they're realising that competition for university places and jobs is tough.

It seems like the government and everyone are moving the goal posts on us. They encourage us to do well and then complain when we do.

I understand that it's harder for universities to choose applicants if we are all getting better grades, but that is why they make you fill out personal statements when you apply.

I did extra work experience and worked really hard on my personal statement and believe that, as well as my grades, is why I was given my place.


I got 4 A-grades in maths, further maths, French and English literature.

I'm now going on to study economics and philosophy at the London School of Economics.

Even though I worked hard for my results I do think A-level papers are getting easier, but I don't think it is fair to blame students.

University isn't for everyone and a lot of people are going with false expectations

I think the focus of A-levels has changed and questions are now more formulaic, so they can be predicted by students.

I do think that more is expected of students, and that too many students are being pushed to go do A-levels and go to university when they shouldn't.

University isn't for everyone and a lot of people are going with false expectations of getting a good job when they are doing a meaningless course.

MILES LALOR, Ashford, Kent
Miles Lalor

I'm sick to death of hearing that exams are getting easier.

I got my 3 As today because of hard work and dedication, not an easy set of exams.

I got my As in history, geography and politics and will be going to study global security at Coventry University.

I was raised to believe that education is everything and you need to have good qualifications to stand out.

I think A-level results have improved because students are realising that we are competing for jobs globally and not just amongst each other.

That kind of pressure gives you an extra incentive to do your best.

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