The Telegraph is reporting that thousands more students are studying academic subjects at A-level this year than had been predicted by the universities admissions service.
An analysis by Ucas showed 4,000 more students are due to sit traditional A-levels this year than trends had suggested after pupils turned away from vocational courses.
As the whole population of young people in the UK is declining, a fall in the number of applications for A-levels had been predicted.
However, the number of those taking A-levels has stayed the same because a greater share of university applicants chose to study academic subjects, the analysis found.
The increase in youngsters taking A-levels followed a tightening of the rules that stopped schools ‘gaming’ the system by signing up teenagers to vocational qualifications in which one was the equivalent of four GCSEs.
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