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Saturday 03-Sep-2016
【信報:寄宿學校攻略】A-level結果揭盅

A-level今年首逢改革,課程內容及試題難度都有改變,難怪大家都屏息等待上星期放榜,靜觀新試制對廣大考生前途會帶來什麼影響。

 

成績下滑

改革與否,A-level成績下滑已不是一日兩日的事,全英(包括英格蘭、威爾斯、北愛爾蘭)承接過去4年的跌勢,得到最高級別學生的比例連續5年都在下滑。當中以威爾斯最失威,整體攞A*人數由去年的7.3%大跌至6.6%,威爾斯男生取A*比例更由7.8%插水到6.7%,跌幅之大叫人側目。

 

眾多科目中,數學連續兩年成為最多人報考科目,英文居亞,心理學近年人氣急升,開始逼近第3的生物。另一邊廂,創意科目及現代語言的考生人數持續減少,已引起教育界關注。報考A-level音樂的人數比去年跌8.8%已算小兒科,美術與設計考生銳減三成三的數字才真令人觸目驚心。現代語言如各歐洲語言的考生買少見少,報考法文學生的跌幅便達6%。

 

有趣的是,英國學生對學歐洲話熱情減退,但歐洲學生對英國教育愛慕之心卻不減。今年歐洲學生得到英國大學取錄的人數達26800人,增長一成一,締造了歷來最高紀錄。

 

至於大家最關心的英國本土學校的大學入學率,則是佳音處處:儘管全英中學離校人數整體比去年下跌2.3%,然而入大學的人數卻破了紀錄!今屆A-level產生了超過42萬準大學生,比去年上升了3%,當中18歲獲大學取錄的,更達201000人,比去年多2%。讀大學不是年輕人的專利,18歲以上的考生入大學人數亦在上升,而25歲以上成熟學生的大學取錄率比去年更多出8%。

 

榜已放,今年A-level考生這階段的大局已定。但對於許多遙望A-level、以負笈英國大學為終極目標的中學生及其家長來說,奮鬥可能才剛開始。給大家一個小貼士,9月份有許多不同級別的英國中學會來香港舉辦招生活動,然而各位千萬不要只被Shrewsbury、Oundle、Wellington、Harrow、Badminton等赫赫有名學校嚇傻眼,其實很多學術排佔二、三線中學,長線可能才是鋪築往英國名牌大學青雲路的關鍵,箇中玄機如何,下星期和大家參詳一下。

 

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原文刊載於信報《銘想英國》專欄:
http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1382630/

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