In summer 2010, the A* grade at A Level was awarded for the first time. This grade was introduced to help higher education institutions differentiate between the highest achieving candidates. Here we examine the effect of achieving A* grades in different A Level subjects on the probability of being awarded a First class degree from a Russell Group university and show that the A* is indeed a good predictor of achieving a top university degree.
To see the predicted probability of achieving a First class university degree, please select from the following options. In all cases, the results assume that the student is achieving a strong average result on their A Levels (e.g. AAB), A*s only in the selected A Level subject type, and that they attended a Comprehensive school.