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A level results: Boys outperform girls for top grades for first time in Northern Ireland

Boys performed better than females in attaining A* grades at A level in Northern Ireland for the first time.

Overall a small increase in pupils awarded the top grade was seen, with 8.2% receiving an A* - an increase of 0.1%.

For the first time since the A* grade was introduced in 2010 males outperformed females by 0.4%.

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The percentage of those receiving grades A* to A remained unchanged, with just under a third - 30.4% - achieving grades in the bracket.

"Today’s [Thursday] A level examination results are a testament to the hard work of students. I congratulate them all and wish them the very best for their future," said Justin Edwards, chief executive of exam board CCEA.

"Once again, Northern Ireland’s students have performed well, with a steady and strong performance across all grades. The results are also recognition of the dedication and support provided by teachers and schools."

Mathematics remains the most popular A Level subject choice, with Biology, Religious Studies, English Literature and History making up the top five.

There was a small increase in the number of students studying Science STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), going from 39.7% and 40.1%.

In total, there were 29,004 people who took their A Levels, a decrease of 5.8% on the year before which is in line with changing demographics.

Writing on Twitter on Thursday, DUP leader Arlene Foster congratulated all of those who received their results.

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