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Dark spots amid bright futures

A-level results brought good news for many, but universities must stay alert to the potential difficulties they reveal.

The publication of the A-level results on 17 August brought to an end a summer of sleepless nights for thousands of youngsters worried about securing the grades needed for university or a future career. But while they can now sleep soundly, recouping the energy to embark on the exciting adventures that await them, what about UK universities? What do the results mean for them?

The good news is that young Brits have done well. According to figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications, the proportion of top results increased this year for the first time since 2011, with more than one in four A-levels graded A or A*. Boys have also closed the gap with girls at the top end of the spectrum, with more boys (8.8 per cent) receiving the highest grades compared to girls (7.8 per cent).

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