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Turf Culture - the science behind growing Grass

Grass Clippings - A LevelsIt's A Level results day today and many a nervous student will eagerly await their results envelope and open it slowly, anticipating and hoping that they will get the grades required to further their education at university.

Turf Culture encompasses all the science subjects so it's great to read that teenagers are taking a greater interest in science.  If you think passing a Degree in Turf Culture is easy, after many years studying for the Degree, (including passing an intermediate Degree first) the finals were three days long and it was a real truimph to be awarded the Degree once it was all over!

In this year's results, entries for maths increased 3.8% compared with last year.  Maths entries have risen by 45.6% since 2007.  Maths, the second most popular A-level subject after English, was taken by 85,714 candidates this year. 

Entries for biology, the third most popular subject, were up 1.7%. Physics and chemistry were also up on last year.  The take-up of foreign languages continues to decline. The number of grades awarded in French was down 5.2% on last year, and German down 7.6%. The sharpest decreases in subject entries were for critical thinking, down 35.1%, and general studies, down 13.24%.

The share of A-level entries getting the top grade has fallen for the first time in two decades in results published today for more than 300,000 candidates.

The results show that 26.6% of grades issued this year are A or A*, a fall of 0.4% compared with last year. The overall pass rate at all grades has risen for the 30th successive year, to 98%.

The race for places in clearing has begun, with Ucas announcing that 357,915 students have been accepted on to university courses this year, as of midnight, down 6.95% on 2011. The sharp drop in acceptances to university may be partly due to a gap between predicted grades and outcomes this year.

For the first time since the A* was introduced in 2010, boys outperformed girls at the grade. Eight per cent of boys' entries achieved an A*, compared with 7.9% of girls' entries in results for 335,000 candidates in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The A* grade requires marks over 90% in a candidate's second-year exams.

Read more The Guardian

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