Globally, the proportion of students achieving the top grades at A Level has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade according to the UK's Joint Council for Qualifications, with some 25.5% achieving an A Grade or higher, whilst 75.8% received a C or above (down from 77% in 2018 and the lowest level for 10 years).
The GCE Advanced Level or International A Level is a secondary school leaving qualification in the UK and an international school qualification worldwide. Students normally sit three A Levels, but some sit four, and others as few as two.
Used by University and College admissions services around the world, A Levels remain one of the most widely recognised pre-university and college entry examinations. Figures from UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service in the UK, which coordinates university placements across the country) show that 408,960 Sixth Formers from the UK and overseas have had places confirmed, while among UK students alone, 348,890 applicants have been accepted - a 1% fall compared to 2018.
There’s only a small number of Hong Kong’s 100-plus international schools that offer A Levels, with the majority following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at college level instead. The international schools that do offer GCE/International A Levels include: California School, Discovery Bay International School, Harrow International Hong Kong, Kellett School (Kowloon Bay), Korean International School, and Sear Rogers International School.
Other schools offering A Levels include Diocesan Girls' School, St Paul's Convent School (Secondary Section), and YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College. These are Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools, which are private schools that receive a subsidy from the Hong Kong government. The DSS scheme was introduced by the Education Bureau in 1991 to help improve the offering of private education in Hong Kong. DSS schools have the freedom to design their own curriculum and set their own school fees. Although DSS schools must focus on offering a curriculum that targets local students and prepares them for local examinations, some also offer A Levels.
At Kellett School’s Kowloon Bay campus, half of the A Level cohort of 55 students celebrated with A*-A grades. Nearly two thirds of the cohort (74.3%) achieved A*-B; 88.1% were graded A*-C; ad there was a 99% pass rate. In addition, 16 students (29%) achieved three or more A*/A, seven students (12.7%) achieved four or more A*/A, and 27 students (49%) achieved three or more A*/B.
Click here to read our review of Kellett School (Kowloon Bay).
An impressive 1 out of 3 of all Harrow Hong Kong’s A-level candidates achieved all A*-A, whilst 61% of grades were A*-A and almost 90% of all grades received were A*-B. Eleven pupils achieved straight A* grades in three or more of their subjects, and 100% pupils received an A in politics. 100% of grades were A*-B in philosophy & religious studies, art, geography and modern foreign languages.
Five Harrow students have been accepted to study at Cambridge, and other destinations include Imperial College, UCL, Bath and Edinburgh in the UK and Ivy leagues Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell in the US and HKU, closer to home.
Headteacher Ann Haydon said: “These are a reflection not only of their hard work and dedication, but they are also a testament to the commitment and guidance of our teaching staff who regularly go above and beyond to support, encourage and help bring out the best in our pupils.
“We are very proud of them all, not only for the commitment they have shown during their studies, but also for their contributions to the Harrow Hong Kong community where they have demonstrated true Harrovian qualities and will move on to the next phases of their lives as well-rounded leaders, collaborators and problem-solvers ready to make a positive difference in whichever fields they choose.”
Click here to read our review of Harrow International School.
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