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Summary

  1. Reaction from across England as pupils receive their A-level results on 18 August
  2. Record numbers of university places awarded as slight fall in top A-level grades

Live Reporting

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Cambridge call centre takes thousands of calls on A-level clearing day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

By midday today, the Anglia Ruskin University clearing centres had taken 1,385 calls. 

The centres, based in Cambridge and Chelmsford, offer help to students looking to get on a course after receiving their A-level results today

The university expects this year to be incredibly busy, receiving more applications than ever before. 

The lines opened at 07:00 and close at 20:00. 

Anglia Ruskin clearing centre
Anglia Ruskin University

Ten alternative ways to fund your degree

The results are in and you've got a place at university. But what if your wallet's empty and the Bank of Mum and Dad has run dry?

It is still possible to get funding through a scholarship or an award, especially if you're studying in a particular discipline.

 Criteria can be based on all sorts of things, like academic merit, where you live, what your parents do, whether you're athletic or even how good you are on camera.

Here's some of the cash on offer that you might not have heard of - and for more information go to the Scholarship Hub.

Great news for some pupils, not so much for others

Quentin Rayner

East Midlands Today chief news reporter

I've been to meet some of the thousands of students discovering their A-level fate in Nottinghamshire.

'I feel pretty pleased'

Hannah Hawkins, who studied for A-levels at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks in Kent, is pleased with her results and is now planning to take a gap year.

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AyupLevels

This tweet from Yorkshire County Cricket Club is proving popular with 95 retweets and 88 likes so far. 

How did you do in your #AyupLevels?! #Yorkshire #ALevels #ALevelResults #FinalsDay Exam 📝 (Sat 20th - Edgbaston)

How did you do in your #AyupLevels?! #Yorkshire #ALevels #ALevelResults #FinalsDay Exam 📝 (Sat 20th - Edgbaston)

Watch: Young mathematicians find out their A-level results

Budding young mathematicians at King's College London Maths School find out their A-level results.

Birkenhead School celebrates 'best ever' A-level results

Budding mathematicians celebrate A-levels

Tim Stokes

BBC News

Pupils find out A-level results at school
Kings College London

Attending a specialist maths school may be some people's worst nightmare, but budding young mathematicians have been travelling from across the country to attend one in south London.

King's College London Mathematics School was started in Lambeth two years ago, and pupils have been finding out their A-level and AS results.

With all students at the school receiving either A* or A in maths, there has been plenty of celebrating.

Some of the students spoke to BBC News after they learned of their grades.

In spite of having a two-hour journey from Leicestershire each day, Henry Sinclair-Banks says he "doesn't think twice about the commute. I love this place".

Watch: A-Level joy for Chelmsford student

Richard Smith

BBC Essex

Katie Nicholls, from Chelmsford, was among the hundreds of thousands of students finding out about her A-Levels today.  Fortunately, things worked out rather well for her - she got an A in history, an A* in sociology and an A in English literature, meaning she's off to Exeter University.

Essex student receives results

Council estimates 95% of students gained two passing A-Levels

Oxfordshire County Council has estimated that about 95% of students have gained two or more A-Levels at the A* to E pass rate in the county.

Students at Didcot Sixth Form
Didcot Sixth Form
Students at Didcot Sixth Form celebrated their results

This would be close to the 2015 figure - 94.5% - although the confirmed results will be published later in the year.

Ask the experts

Marginally missing the grades needed, or even getting much better results than expected, can throw everything into turmoil.

With only a few days to secure a university place or take an alternative path, good advice is crucial.

Experts Alex Neill of Which? University and Tom Laws of the National Careers Service are on hand to offer personalised advice.

A proud dad tweets

Eamonn contacted us celebrating the success of his twin daughters Siobhan and Laura, who will be going to university

@BBCEngland @BBCNews @Shivvy_98 @lorz98 my baby girls are off to uni #prouddad
@BBCEngland @BBCNews @Shivvy_98 @lorz98 my baby girls are off to uni #prouddad

@BBCEngland @BBCNews @Shivvy_98 @lorz98 my baby girls are off to uni #prouddad

Hundreds of students chasing University of Northampton places

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The University of Northampton has taken hundreds of calls already today from students who've received their A-level results, but haven't been offered places on degree programmes.

They're being matched with vacancies on courses in a process known as "clearing".

Tutors are available for prospective students to talk to about their options.

Antony Bounds in clearing hub
BBC

Antony Bounds, the university's head of admissions, said: "We're hoping to fill about 350 to 400 places.

"It's been a really positive recruitment drive for the institution."

Watch: Maths college celebrates A-Level success

All of the students at King's College Maths School, a specialist maths college in Lambeth, have got an A or A* in their A-Level results today.

St. Helens students celebrate A-level success

Students across St. Helens have collected their A-level results today 

Overall, 98.6% of entries in St. Helens were graded at A* to E, higher than the national average of 98.1%.

Student at Rainford College
St Helens Council

A-level passes in Peterborough beat the average again

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

For the second year running, the A-level pass rate in Peterborough is above the national average. 

It's now at 98.3%, up by 0.1%. The national average is at 98.1%.  

Students with A-level results in Peterborough
BBC

"Today's results are a further example of the huge strides being made in improving education in Peterborough," said John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and cabinet member for education.

"We are never complacent, however, and will continue to work hard with headteachers to make sure our performance continues to improve."

Meanwhile, for results elsewhere in the county, the Cambridge News has provided a comprehensive round-up.

#alevels

A number of A-level related hashtags are trending on Twitter this afternoon as people share their exam results and advice. 

The fourth most popular hashtag is #clearing with many keen to reassure today's students that bad results don't equal failure.

Many have shared their own experiences of still realising their own career goals despite not getting their first choice at university. 

Trending terms
BBC

Student offers encouragement to fellow sufferers with mental health problems

Claire Ashmore

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

A Lancashire teenager who has battled mental health issues has urged fellow sufferers to not "let the condition stop you".

Lotte is urging students who are struggling with mental health issues not to give up

Straight A student Lotte Gleeson from Pendle spent six months dealing with anxiety that made studying and socialising difficult. 

The 18-year-old who studied at Nelson and Colne College will head to Oxford next month to study Physics after getting A* in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and an A in Physics.

Knowsley Council tweet congratulations to A-level and BTEC students

Knowsley Council have tweeted congratulations to students finding out their A-level and BTEC results today.

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The A-level students will be among the last to study for the qualifications at schools in the borough, as in April, academy governors agreed to close Halewood Academy sixth form, the last institution to offer the examinations.  

A-Levels: 'I'm actually shaking'

"That's decent", "Not as good as I thought I was going to get" and "I'm going to university."

The reaction of three students at Seaford Head Sixth Form Centre in East Sussex as they opened their A-level results.

A-level students 'no longer in limbo'

Ian Perry

BBC Radio Shropshire

The students I spoke to at New College in Wellington this morning seemed pleased with their A-level results.

And there was relief too, after all the waiting, with Thomas Billington telling me "I feel like I've just come out of a limbo state".

He and Amber Mansell have both won places at Southampton University and she said: "I was just shaking the whole morning, I didn't know what to do."

Students
BBC

The vice-principal responsible for the curriculum, Jean Wright, said that she'd noticed more students getting unconditional offers from universities this year, possibly because they were keen to fill spaces.

But she also said there'd been a lot of interest from students in apprenticeships.

Success at Dover College

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Dover College celebrated some of the best results on the Kent coast with 44% of all A Level/BTEC results at a four-year high of an A* or A grade. 

Over half of all grades were above a B, equating to an average UCAS candidate points per entry total of 93 and UCAS points per candidates total of 347 which is higher than local selective grammar schools on previous year’s results.

Students
Dover College
Students
Dover College

Tips for dealing with retaking a year

BBC Newsbeat

If you didn't get the A-level results you were hoping for, you might be thinking of retaking a year.

It probably sounds like the worst thing in the world right now but it really doesn't have to be.

Newsbeat's been speaking to Finn from London. He got "terrible" grades (U,U,D,E) so stayed back a year to try to get what he needed.

This is his guide for how to cope.

Wigan students celebrate A-level sucess

Liverpool taxis' good luck message to A-level students

Taxis across Liverpool are wishing local students good luck today as A-level results are published.  

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St Joseph’s pupils celebrate exam success

The Shields Gazette

Pupils at a Hebburn sixth form are getting ready to pack their bags and head off to university.

Staff and students at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy are celebrating today after achieving a 98% overall pass rate at A-level. 

Students at St Joseph's
The Shields Gazette

Places snapped up at Derby Uni

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Nursing and radiography courses all full at the University of Derby already.   

Clearing signs
BBC

Students urged to get meningitis W vaccine

Young people starting university or college this autumn are being urged to get a vaccine against meningitis.

Public Health England says the jab will help protect against meningitis W in particular  - a sometimes deadly strain that is on the rise.

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Clever clogs dancer off to study Physics

A teenage clog dancer has hot-stepped her way to a place at the University of Sheffield after combining performing with study. 

Robyn Wallace
PA

Robyn Wallace, 17, from Littleborough, has managed to not only set up her own 50-strong clog dancing club, but she also won at the European Brass Band Championships where she played percussion. 

She is now off to study Physics after securing an A in Maths, and Bs in Chemistry and Physics.

Taunton students celebrating A-Level results

Students at Richard Huish College in Taunton have been celebrating their A-Level results. Their 2016 class achieved an A* to C pass rate of 80%, with an overall pass rate of 99%.

Students at Richard Huish College in Taunton get their A Level results.

A number of students were also celebrating good BTEC results, equivalent to three A-Levels. Some of their students heading off to universities in Gloucester and London while others have opted for a gap year volunteering abroad.

celebrating pupils
BBC

Young rugby star overcomes injury to score A-level success

Rugby-mad County Durham student Sam Adamson battled through the pain to score top grades in his A-levels despite being unaware he had broken his wrist. 

The 18-year-old, pictured on the right, struggled through lengthy written papers after picking up an injury in a tournament. 

Sam Adamson (right) with his younger brother Jamie
PA

Barnard Castle School's outgoing head boy, and vice captain of the first XV, will require surgery to fix the break in his scaphoid bone. 

Nevertheless, the teenager, from Hunwick, was still able to score A*s in chemistry, maths, further maths and a rare Distinction Level 1 in physics. 

His brother Jamie, 16, who plays for the England and Newcastle Falcons academies, sat his GCSEs despite suffering stress fractures to his spine. 

He will pick up his results next week and plans to stay on at the school to take his A-levels. 

Jumping for joy

Sandish Shoker

BBC News Online

Ben Bird found out early this morning he had got his university place before he picked up his results from New College Nottingham.

The 19-year-old said he felt a lot of pressure and was surprised at how well he'd done.

Nottingham pupil Ben Bird
New College Nottingham

He got an A in politics, B in film studies, B in English and B in media studies and is off to the University of Leeds to start a course in Middle Eastern studies.

Thousands of clearing calls at Derby Uni

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

Busy scenes here at the University of Derby's clearing HQ. Almost 2,000 calls taken already.  

University of Derby
BBC

Nursing student hopes to make difference in people's lives

A-level results have been released across Lancashire with one Nelson-based student hoping her success will fulfil her "dream of making a difference in the lives of those who need it the most".

Nelson and Colne College students
Nelson and Colne College students

Anisha Javed secured top grades in Biology, Psychology and Sociology.

She won a place to study nursing at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

The 18-year-old also completed her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award during her time at Nelson and Colne College.

Lincolnshire students receive A-level results

Students across Lincolnshire are joining those across the country in receiving their A-level results today.

Students receive results
BBC

Record numbers of UK university places have been offered as results show a marginal fall in top grades for the fifth successive year.  

Read more stories from around England on our A-level results live page.

North East A-level pass rate is highest in the country

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Students from Newcastle Sixth Form College have been celebrating landing top A-level results.

Here's George Andrews, Sean O'Connell, Jenny Olsen, Nancy Amandasun and Tasnia Begum all looking very pleased.

Well done all!

Newcastle students
North News & Pictures Ltd

The A-level pass rate in the North East was the highest in the UK at 98.5%.

But the proportion of students getting A* and As is the lowest in UK at 22.1%. However, that's a slight rise on last year's result of 21.9%.

The UK average is now 25.8%.

Newcastle student
North News & Pictures Ltd

Learning the way while drying the pots

Hogwarts was known for the Marauder's Map which showed students around the site.

The University of Gloucestershire have developed their own (less magical) map printed on a teatowel for students joining them in September

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The items are dual purpose, as new students can learn the layout of the university site while simultaneously drying their pots and pans (assuming washing up gets done by students!)

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Burnley student set for Cambridge with triple A* results

A Burnley College student is set to join a prestigious alumni of more than 30 Nobel Prize winners at the University of Cambridge after achieving triple A* A-level results.

Holly Welsby
Burnley College

Holly Welsby will read Psychological and Behavioural Science at Churchill College.

"Cambridge was my first choice university and I'm looking forward to beginning my studies.

"Burnley College is so brilliant that I've already recommended it to everyone."

Growing numbers get good grades but worries continue over debt

Schools in Cumbria say they're seeing excellent A-level results today but there remains fears increasing costs will put people off going to university.

Students at William Howard school collecting results
BBC

At the William Howard school in Brampton, the head of sixth form David Bones says he's expecting the rising fees students will have to borrow to pay to eventually bite.

I expect that will start to have more of an impact on students doing apprenticeships, going directly into employment from sixth form but the impact so far hasn't been that great. It certainly has been is uppermost in people's minds as they work through the process."

David BonesHead of sixth form at William Howard School