Commenting on the release of A Level results today, Charlotte Moore-Bick, Senior Policy Adviser at the British Chambers of Commerce said:

"Today’s results see an encouraging trend in the number of 18 year-olds taking maths, sciences and modern foreign languages, subjects the economy desperately needs. What is particularly encouraging is the growing number of young people opting for modern languages such as Chinese, Arabic and Russian.

"The challenge will be to ensure that these upward trends continue so we see more people opting to study these subjects at university, college and beyond, if we are to ensure a ready supply of the skills which UK firms require.

"However, behind today’s celebrations and congratulations, there is another story and that is what is happening at GCSE level. Last year less than half of young people (46%) achieved 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, the minimum standard for basic productivity in the workplace. Thousands of young people are being left out and left behind, to the detriment of our economy and society."