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7.03.10. If you want top A-levels, take Russian or maths

A-level students find it far easier to achieve the new A* grade in some subjects than others, research shows

A-level students will find it far easier to achieve the new A* grade in some subjects this summer, research shows. The grade will be awarded for the first time this August to students who achieve at least 90% in their second-year A-level exams.

Universities had pressed for a new way of identifying the brightest pupils, because markers give one in four A-levels an A. Just over half of all A grades awarded to pupils who took A-levels in Russian or further maths last summer would be given an A* this year, analysis by the Independent Schools Council shows.

But only 9% of A grades in computing and 13% in media studies would have qualified for an A*. Read full text here.