Admissions service, Ucas, says 49% of 18-year-olds were accepted with lower grades than those advertised.Read more
BBC News education reporter
Thousands of students collect their A-level results as the proportion picking up top grades falls.
East Midlands Today
Natasha Groocock's dad was going through cancer treatment while she was studying for her A-levels.
But the 18-year-old Loughborough College student has done him proud, achieving two Bs and a C.
She's off to Nottingham Trent University to study law.