The proportion of top A-level grades has fallen slightly this year, but record numbers have been accepted on university courses. A* and A grades were awarded to 25.9% of entries, down from 26% last year. But in a year of “stable” results, passes rose by 0.1 percentage point. The Ucas university admissions service says 409,000 places have been confirmed, up 3% on last year. Read More.