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.
Nervous mummy, but now a very proud mummy! Congratulations to all those receiving results today! Remember that there is always more than one route to success. Everything happens for a reason #Alevels2018— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) August 16, 2018
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