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A-LEVEL RESULTS: We speak to one student in Cardiff about her A-level experience

A Levels Wales - another A level results day has come and gone, with students across Wales now making big plans for their future. We spoke to one of those, Georgina, who is celebrating her 4 A Stars. 

It was an A levels results day like no other. The students picking up their results had spent this entire academic year under some kind of coronavirus restrictions.

The pandemic has been one of the most disruptive things to happen to education, but there were plenty of happy faces as Wales reported the highest ever number of top grades.

Student Georgina was awarded 4 A Stars in what is believed to have been the best performing year for Welsh A-level students ever.
The exceptional circumstances that students and teachers found themselves in during the pandemic meant that grades were awarded via teacher assessment as opposed to sitting exams, which couldn't be done safely.
This method has received some criticism, but Exam Regulator Qualifications Wales has insisted they are of the same value as other years, and do adequately reflect the hard work and perseverance of the students.
 
You can probably remember the mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness about picking up your results. I think I missed two nights of sleep before heading over to what was Yale College in Wrexham years ago to get mine.
And despite not being able to go and get their results in person with their classmates, Georgina said it was a massive relief when they eventually came through.
Not wanting to waste any time, Georgina is heading straight off to University next month, moving from one capital to another , where she will study law at University College London.
As we look to the next school year, we are hopeful that things will mostly be back to normal, but until coronavirus is completely under control we may continue to face some kind of disruption.
And Georgina said that if this happens for the next cohort of students, that staying motivated is key.


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