An investigation into the way a science exam was conducted had little effect on A level results, college bosses say.
Examining body AQA launched an inquiry into the As and A level biology practical taken by students Leyland’s Runshaw College this summer.
It was claimed that staff had given students an unfair advantage in the way they taught to the test.
Some students were worried this would put them at a disadvantage, but staff said last week’s results showed that the intervention didn’t adversely affect student grades overall, with a 100 per cent pass rate in that subject.
The Langdale Road college has seen a 100 pass rate in biology over the past few years, but incoming principal Simon Partington said a minority of students may not be entirely happy with their actual grades this time.
He said: “Obviously the big worry was how this was going to affect students.
“There may be some students who feel this ‘estimated grades’ system puts them at a disadvantage, but all of them have passed the course.”
The principal added: “The number of A to A* grades achieved this year is the best we’ve ever had.”
The percentage of A2 (second year) students, getting A* grades for biology was 15 per cent, for A*-A it was 40 per cent; for A*-B it was 63 per cent (down slightly from last year but up from two years ago), and for A*-C it was 87 per cent, which is the same as last year.
For the practical exam which was the focus of the AQA investigation, the average score for students across the college was 70 per cent, which is equivalent to a B grade, and this was up from 69 per cent last year, which equates to a C grade.
The pass rate for that exam was 96 per cent, compared to 94 per cent for same practical exam last year.
The college drafted in an army of staff to help students contact universities on the day to ensure they didn’t miss out on place offers as a direct result of the inquiry.