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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

A student with five A*s at A level is hoping to follow in the footsteps of one of Northern Ireland's most famous physicists.

Callum Canavan, 18, from Lumen Christie College in Londonderry, was the top performing student in the country and will study natural sciences at Cambridge. He received his grades in physics, biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.

The talented teenager said he was interested in quantum mechanics, the study of very small objects which became the subject of Belfast scientist John Bell's Theorem.

Mr Canavan said he was delighted.

"It was a lot of work, particularly for biology, there were a lot of things to remember."

Asked who his inspiration was he said: "I like John Bell, who was from Belfast."

The quiet and mature pupil studied at one of Northern Ireland's top Catholic grammar schools. Lumen Christie selects its pupils on the basis of academic ability, despite the abolition of the 11 plus examination.

Principal Siobhan McCauley said: "We are absolutely delighted with the results and extremely proud of all our students."

Northern Ireland's students achieved a lower percentage of A to A* grades compared to 2014, but the overall pass rate has risen.

Mathematics was the most popular subject. The number of girls taking it has risen dramatically as part of a renewed focus on workplace skills.

More females took science, technology, engineering and mathematics (stem) in response to calls from industry for more skilled employees, according to the Joint Council for Qualifications.

Overall, entries were up by 2.5% with standards broadly maintained. Northern Ireland outperformed counterparts in England and Wales.

Some 29.3% of students achieved A or A* grades compared to last year's 29.9%.

The overall pass rate increased by 0.1%, with 98.2% of students achieving grades A* to E.

Nigel Smyth, director of CBI Northern Ireland, said: "To build a balanced, modern economy we need a workforce that can exploit new technologies and drive forward our high value, high growth sectors, so a rise in the number of stem students is excellent news for the economy."

Stormont education minister John O'Dowd said: "Stem subjects are the foundation of the modern workplace and economy.

"It is very good news for young people individually and for society and the economy that maths is the most popular."

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