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A-level results day: £123k spent by Northern Ireland parents to get exam papers remarked

By Rebecca Black

Published 13/08/2015

Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Daniel Murphy 3A* and 1 B , Jacob Davidson 1 A* 2A and 1 B and Chris Hogg 2A* 2A during A level results day at RBAI / Inst Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Daniel Murphy 3A* and 1 B , Jacob Davidson 1 A* 2A and 1 B and Chris Hogg 2A* 2A during A level results day at RBAI / Inst Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Miriam Lanigan, Sam Dineen, Emma Monaghan during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Sophie Fusco McKeown, Stephen Hare, Natalie Magill , Salami, Kiera Donnelly during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
A Level student's at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured is Joseph Baird with Meagan Mckinstry, Katy lyttle, Sarah Kyle and Ciara Kennedy with Rachel Jardine. Picture Mark Marlow
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Orla McCusker, Aine Black during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Miriam Lanigan, Sam Dineen, Emma Monaghan during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Niamh Bunting and Kerry Burns during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
A Level student's at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured are A and A star students Hanna Bennett with Radhika Gupta [who got four A stars] and Amy Campbell. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level student's at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured are A star students Lily spence, Jane Boyd,Zoe Burke and Mark Turkington with Simone Jackson. Picture Mark Marlow
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Natasha Dornan 2A* and an A during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Beth Conlon, 2A's 1B during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Dominique Groves, 3b's during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Niamh Lundy 3 A* during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Lucy Doughan 2A* and 1 A during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Niamh Bunting, 3A's during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Nula Moran who got 2a * and an A during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Omar Helmy during A level results day at RBAI / Inst Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Louis MaGowan during A level results day at RBAI / Inst Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Niamh Bunting and Dominique Groves during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Niamh Bunting and Dominique Groves during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Kerry Burns, A* 3A's during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Finola Bradley A* 2 A's during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Stephen Hare during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Stephen Hare, Sophie Fusco McKeown and Toni Salami taking a selfie during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Stephen Hare, Sophie Fusco McKeown and Toni Salami taking a selfie during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Natalie Magill and Kiera Donnelly during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Natalie Magill and Kiera Donnelly during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Boy's Model School Pupils Marc Young, Matthew Young, Callum Sweetlove, Daniel Ross-Burns, David McCullough, Jordan Thompson, Kyle Bell and Curis Hill. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Boy's Model School Daniel Ross-Burns French A English B History B and Media B @Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th August 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye
Boy's Model School Pupils Marc Young, Matthew Young, Callum Sweetlove, Daniel Ross-Burns, David McCullough, Jordan Thompson, Kyle Bell and Curis Hill. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Boy's Model School Twins Matthew (left) and Marc Young who both got the same grades Public Service A*, Travel and Tourism A and ICT C @Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th August 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured are A and A star students Hanna Bennett with Radhika Gupta [who got four A stars] and Amy Campbell. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured is Joseph Baird with Meagan Mckinstry, Katy lyttle, Sarah Kyle and Ciara Kennedy with Rachel Jardine. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured are A star students Lily spence, Jane Boyd,Zoe Burke and Mark Turkington with Simone Jackson. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured are A and A star students Hanna Bennett with Radhika Gupta [who got four A stars] and Amy Campbell. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured are A and A star students Hanna Bennett with Radhika Gupta [who got four A stars] and Amy Campbell. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured are Mark Turkington, Jonathan warnock and the Principle of Banbridge Academy Mr McLoughlin. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge Academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured is an A Level student waiting patiently on her results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge Academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Pictured is an A Level student waiting patiently on her results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Picture Mark Marlow
A Level students at Banbridge academy, Co Down celebrate getting their results. Picture Mark Marlow
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Natasha Dornan 2A* and an A during A level results day at Lagan Collage Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Niamh Bunting, 3A's during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Daniel Murphy 3A* and 1 B , Jacob Davidson 1 A* 2A and 1 B and Chris Hogg 2A* 2A during A level results day at RBAI / Inst Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Thomas Donaldson during A level results day at RBAI / Inst Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Ted Mackey during A level results day at RBAI / Inst Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 13th August 2015 - A Level Results Day Pictured is Finola Bradley A* 2 A's during A level results day at St Dominics Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
13/8/2015: Jumping for joy! Victoria College students Chloe Haylett, Ellen Beattie, Kathryn Shane, Jane Maguire, Kirsty Carruthers and Rachel Milligan achieved 9 A* and 12 A grades in their A Level results today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Toni Salami & Principal Mrs. Amanda McNamee. Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/2014 Some of the A level students celebrating their results at Grosvenor Grammar school this morning. PHOTO ARTHUR ALLISON/PACEMAKER PRESS
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Toni Salami Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured David Beattie Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Stephen Hare & David Beattie Photo: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 13/8/2015: Jumping for joy! Victoria College students Chloe Haylett, Ellen Beattie, Kathryn Shane, Jane Maguire, Kirsty Carruthers and Rachel Milligan achieved 9 A* and 12 A grades in their A Level results today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
13/08/2014 Some of the A level students celebrating their results at Grosvenor Grammar school this morning. L/R Daniel Mayhew, who is heading to Oxford to study law , Zoe Harrison who is heading to Oxford to study Law and David Thompson who is heading to Cambridge to study sciences PHOTO ARTHUR ALLISON/PACEMAKER PRESS
13/08/2014 Some of the A level students celebrating their results at Grosvenor Grammar school this morning. PHOTO ARTHUR ALLISON/PACEMAKER PRESS
13/08/2014 Some of the A level students celebrating their results at Grosvenor Grammar school this morning. PHOTO ARTHUR ALLISON/PACEMAKER PRESS
13/8/2015: Something to shout about! Victoria College students Emma Gilmartin and Rachel Hanley achieved 4 A* grades each in their A Level results today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
13/8/2015: Some of the Victoria College, Belfast students who achieved three or more A* to A grades in their A Level results today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & A results. Pictured Emma Rea with her Teacher Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured David Beattie who got A*, A*, A & Aimee Nelson A*, A, A Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Jenni Shaw who got an A, B C. Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Stephen Hamley (A*, A,A,A) & Jacinta Hamley (A8, A, A) Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Jacinta Hamley (A8, A, A) Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Kirstie Morrow with Principal Mrs. Amanda McNamee Photo: Pacemaker Press
13/08/15 Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured David Beattie who got A*, A, A Photo: Pacemaker Press
Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Chris Dickson, Jonathan Matchett & Jack Brady Photo: Pacemaker Press
Some of the AS level students celebrating their results at Grosvenor Grammar school this morning. PHOTO ARTHUR ALLISON/PACEMAKER PRESS
Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Stephen Hamley (A*, A,A,A) & Jacinta Hamley (A8, A, A) Photo: Pacemaker Press
Students from Lagan College Belfast receive their results today. With an impressive number of A* & As. Pictured Jill Lapping 2 A* & an A. Photo: Pacemaker Press

Parents of students in Northern Ireland spent a six-figure sum last year challenging the grades they were given following their A-level and GCSE exams, it can be revealed.

As thousands prepare to receive their A-level results, we can reveal that more and more students are paying to have their examinations remarked every year in hopes of improving their grade.

In 2014 the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), which sets A-level examinations in Northern Ireland, received 7,142 inquiries to either have their papers rechecked or remarked. This figure was up from 6,855 in 2013, and 6,222 in 2012.

There are different options for challenging a grade ranging from a clerical recheck, a review of marking and a remoderation of the school's or college's internal assessment. The most popular by far was a review of the marking.

The price of having exams reviewed this year will range from £8.50 for a clerical recheck to £24.30 for a remark and £131.35 for a remoderation.

A conservative estimate of the total amount on reviews spent by students who took the CCEA exams-who are mostly from Northern Ireland - is £123,740. However, some students from Northern Ireland sit exams set by other boards from across the UK.

The most popular mark for remarking requests was a B grade (31%), followed by a C grade (28%) and A grades (9%). Some people who had been awarded an A* grade had also requested remarking.

UK-wide, the number of individual inquiries rose by 48% from 304,400 in 2013 to 451,000 in 2014 - and is expected to rise again further this year.

In total 77,400 grades were changed as a result of remarking across the UK in 2014. This works out at around 18% of challenges, which is up from 16.5% in 2013 but in line with 18% in 2012.

Most changes were for higher marks, although some received lower marks following the remarking process.

Chairman of Stormont's education committee Peter Weir said the statistics were symptomatic of the tough competition for university courses and places.

"This is a by-product of a culture where people are tending to challenge authority more," the DUP MLA said.

"Whereas going back, people would have been more content to accept their grades.

"It is also a symptom of the fierce competition for people trying to get on the best course at the best university so people are pushing to get the best possible grade, and increasingly taking it to the next level of challenging their given grades."

Mr Weir wished all those waiting for A-level results and GCSE results today good luck.

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