(Original post by amazingtrade)
Again a lot of this is just media manupulation, yes A levels grades are increasing but its not as if they are increasing dramaticaly.
I will tell you why A level grades have increased.
1) Better recourses (i.e teaching, internet)
2) With the AS systems the bad students drop out before doing A2, therefor its only the best students that get entered into A2.
I don't believe the actual exams have got easier, they are just different. They may be easier to pass though.
The exams are easier. Ok, from my own experience, i've applied for English Lit with predictions of 4 A grades. (and good personal statement and reference) of the 6 unis i've applied for, i've been rejected from 2 and accepted by 2, so far. Through talking to people i have discovered that this would not have hapened 5 years ago - if you're predicted 4 As, yo are virtually guaranteed an offer at any good university, with perhaps the exception of Oxbridge. What dows that tell you?
Plus, unis can no longer interview for the more popular courses, such as english, because they are overwhelmed by the number of excellent applications with excellent grades. There simply isn't the time to interview everyone who is a potential undergraduate there.