Languages and creative subjects see highest increases in top A-level grades 

Creative subjects and other modern languages have seen the highest increases in top grades at A-level.

Maths and sociology have seen the lowest increases, but still saw the proportion of A and A* grades increase by almost 10 percentage points between 2019 and 2020.

Other modern languages (meaning those other than Spanish, German and French) saw that proportion rocket up by 22.3 points, from 51.5 per cent in 2019 to 73.8 per cent in 2020.

While in music, which had the second-highest increase, results rose by 22.1 points – from 19.3 per cent last year to 41.4 per cent.

Drama saw the third highest increase, from 18 per cent to 39.2 – an increase of 21.2 points.

Education Datalab stated that small entry subjects “still seem to have come out favourably. Languages and music also saw some of the largest increases in the first iteration of A-Level results, last Thursday.

With the lowest increase, of just nine percentage points, maths saw its proportion of the top grades at A-level rise from 40.5 last year to 49.5 in 2020.

Sociology saw the second-lowest increase with English language in third.

A-level rises in charts – courtesy of Education Datalab:

You can read Datalab’s analysis here.