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A-level results to show strong maths performance

A-level results in the north are expected to remain stable

A-level results to be released today are expected to show strong performances in maths and the sciences.

About one third of more than 30,000 entries will receive one of the top two A* or A grades.

Biology, maths, religion, English and history should again be among the most popular subjects.

Maths is already by far and away the most in-demand among males, and this year is expected to push biology close as the most popular overall.

Performance in the subject should also be strong again. Last year, an impressive 45.3 per cent of maths entries were awarded grades A*-A. In further maths, 60.2 per cent of entries achieved the top grades.

Overall, results should remain relatively stable compared to previous years.

While pupil numbers have been falling, there have been increased numbers remaining in school into sixth form. This means the ability range has changed, which explains a recent dip in performance at A*-A.

The actual numbers scoring top marks have been remaining roughly the same over the past few years, but there are now more pupils entering who are achieving lesser grades, pushing the overall percentage at the top down.

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has set up a dedicated examinations helpline which offers advice and guidance for the thousands of students who are expecting their A-Level and GCSE results over the next fortnight.

The helpline will be in operation from 9am to 5pm until Friday August 28, however lines will open early at 7am on A-level results day.

Anyone with queries regarding CCEA's exam results can call 028 9026 1260, email helpline@ccea.org.uk, or log onto the CCEA website www.ccea.org.uk to search for answers from the frequently asked questions section.

"We recognise that results day can be an anxious time for students, their families and schools," said CCEA Examinations Manager Michael Crossan.

"CCEA's examinations helpline is available to those receiving results and who may need guidance or assistance from our experienced staff. This service can provide useful information to aid decision making about the next steps.

"I would like to commend all students on the hard work and time spent preparing for and completing GCSE and A Level qualifications. I wish them every success with their future plans, whether they choose to go onto further study or employment."

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