schools were turning in "A" level results showing pupils with FIVE A Stars at "A" Level whereas 10 years earlier Three grade A's would get you into Medicine anywhere. A friend of mine, a University Lecturer, told me when I enquired about this, that whereas the first year at University was traditionally the steep step up from "A" level to the second year level which itself was the platform leading to the 'specialist' level of the third year, the first year these days is needed to bring students up to the old "A" level standard.
I read a while back that a high percentage of universities had to provide remedial courses in English and/or Mathematics, also recently I saw that the number of 'first' degrees awarded is about 1 in 5. In my day I'm pretty sure it would be well south of 5%, in 1994 it was 7%.
One would hope that the standards of each successive generation's education is improving but I can't believe that they've got that much better!!!