The Office for Students (OfS) calls for universities to ensure students are well supported when they begin their courses.
Susan Lapworth, interim chief executive, said:
“Students have worked incredibly hard during these challenging times. I congratulate them on their well-deserved results. For many, it was the first time they had sat national exams at secondary school or college following the disruption of the pandemic, and their grades are testament to their efforts.”
John Blake, director for fair access and participation, said:
‘Universities and colleges should be ready to support incoming students and provide them with the study support necessary to reduce any knowledge gaps resulting from learning missed during the pandemic.’
The disruption to studies for students of 2022 was unprecedented, yet independent schools, teachers, and teaching staff adapted to the challenging times and demonstrated commitment to tutoring future generations.
Although this year’s A level results for independent schools show a drop in top grades of A and higher to 58%, down from 70% in 2021, this far exceeds the pre pandemic levels of 44%.
Those awarded A* grades dropped from 39.1% in 2021 to 28.7% in 2022, but once more this is ahead of the 2019 of 16.4%.
The readjustment across education was expected, given the return to pre-pandemic grading and the fact that independent school pupils have a higher proportion of A and A* grades.
This year sees record breaking numbers attending university with the majority getting their first choice.