What to do if your A-Level results aren't what you hoped for

This morning thousands of students across the country are finding out how they did in their A-Level exams - but not everyone will get the results they hoped for.

So, what should you do if you didn't get the grades to get into your chosen university or course? Annie Dobson from the Exam Results Helpline gives us some advice, above.

Meanwhile, UCAS advisors are running the Clearing Helpline from the UCAS Customer Experience Centre which provides information and advice to students, via phone and social media, about confirmation, clearing and adjustment.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Thousands of 17 and 18-year-old students get their A-Level results this morning. Students will be able to find out online whether they have been accepted to their universities from 8am. The exams got tougher this year out of government concern about grade inflation, but OFQUAL have lowered the pass mark to make sure results don't fall this summer. Despite this, the OFQUAL Boss has admitted some students will still get surprises.

  2. Labour MP Sarah Champion has resigned from the shadow Cabinet after a backlash reaction to an article she wrote about grooming gangs in The Sun. The former shadow Women and Equalities secretary apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words" in her article, published on Friday, about child abuse. Her article opened with the words: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”

  3. Former Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush have called on the US to "reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms". They are the latest Republican figures to weigh in on the backlash to Donald Trump's latest remarks blaming "both sides" for violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a woman was killed.

  4. Counter-terror agencies have registered a dramatic surge in tip-offs after Britain was hit by an unprecedented wave of attacks, new figures reveal. Calls to a dedicated police hotline rocketed by more than 600% in just six months as thousands of potential leads poured in.

  5. One in three family members has been concerned about the hospital care of an elderly relative, a new poll has found. Issues raised ranged from having to call 999 from a hospital ward to being told to use "adult nappies" even when the patient could use a commode with assistance, according to parliamentary and health service ombudsman and website Gransnet.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Employment rates are at a record high, but the wage growth is still weak figures have shown. Seventy-five percent of the working-age residents in the UK have a job - the highest since 1971, according to the Office of National Statistics. However, the latest estimates show that the average weekly earnings fell by 0.5 percent once inflation was taken in account.

  2. Noel Gallagher is set to perform at the Manchester Arena when it reopens for the first time since the terror attack, which killed 22 people on May 22. All the proceeds from the gig will go to the Manchester Memorial fund.

  3. The brother of the chief suspect involved in the alleged kidnapping of Chloe Ayling’s has been arrested in the West Midlands. Chloe Ayling is believed to have been kidnapped after being lured to a fake model shoot in Milan last month. The chief suspect, Lukasz Pawel Herba, has already been arrested and today the police said they have arrested his brother, Michal Konrad Herba.

  4. Theresa May has criticised Donald Trump over his refusal to condemn the neo-Nazis after the clashes in Charlottesville left a woman killed. Mrs May said: “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far right views wherever we hear them.”

  5. Barack Obama’s Charlottesville tweet has become the most-liked tweet of all time. Mr Obama used a powerful Nelson Mandela quote which gained him over three million likes. Take a look at his tweet below:

Government wants no change to the Irish border post-Brexit

The Irish and British governments want to preserve the free movement of people and goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

But some of the local residents who live on both sides of the border fear the worst.

Watch Juliet Dunlop's report above.

Has Britain become a rude nation?

Julia Hartley-Brewer, who's no stranger to controversy, has found herself in hot water again after tweeting this conversation she had with a cab driver: "My Uber driver just proudly told me that his car has "zero emissions". I replied "I couldn't care less." Now he's looking sad".

Many on the social media site were quick to criticise both her apparent rudeness and the way she tweeted about the incident, but she claims she shouldn't have had to listen to the driver's "eco politics".

A predictable Twitter storm followed which included this comment from Jack Monroe: "The Waiter Rule: If you want to know someone's true character, look carefully at how they treat service staff."

They both joined us this morning to debate the issue.

Is it inappropriate to use emojis in work emails? 🤔

New research claims using emojis in work emails makes you look incompetent, with researchers warning it could harm your job prospects after the results of their study showed it didn't help people come across as more friendly or warm but did make them seem more incompetent.

This morning we were joined by etiquette expert, Grant Harrold, who agrees there's no use for them in a working environment and social media trainer, David Glenwright, who doesn't see the harm in them. Who do you agree with?

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Donald Trump has caused more widespread anger after maintaining the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, resulting in the death of a protestor, was due to "blame on both sides". The President was criticised for his initial response to the clash between white supremacists and anti far right protestors for failing to single out the far right. Following a press conference yesterday in which he reiterated both sides are to blame, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke thanked him for his "honesty" and "courage" on Twitter.

  2. Principles for maintaining a seamless and frictionless border between Northern Ireland and Ireland will be laid out in a new UK position paper today - making clear there will be no return to the hard borders of the past. Peace in Northern Ireland cannot be a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations, the Irish Government has warned.

  3. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the most advanced and largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, sails into her new home in Portsmouth this morning. The new jewel in the crown of the naval fleet cost £3.1bn and weighs 65,000 tonnes - and will be home to 700 crew. But is she fit for 21st century warfare - or is she a very costly white elephant?

  4. A gamekeeper who was crushed by a two-tonne tree was forced to cut himself free using a chainsaw after no one heard his cries for help. Kieron Robbins, 34, was in the middle of woodland in Abberley, Worcestershire when the 90ft-tall ash, which he had been cutting down, fell on his legs.

  5. And finally, while you might think that adding a 'smiley' emoji to a work email helps to convey a friendly tone, a new study suggests that the practice could be more of a hindrance than a help. Scientists indicate that using smiley face emoji in work-related emails can make you seem incompetent - especially if you don't know the recipient.The researchers hope their findings will encourage people to think twice before adding emoji to professional emails. Let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. The parents of Charlie Gard are setting up a foundation in their little boy's name with £1.3 million donated by well-wishers. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced the Charlie Gard Foundation will use the money to help children with rare diseases. In a statement they said: "We feel that the foundation will be a lovely legacy for Charlie, and we hope that you will all continue to support us in honouring the life of our little warrior as he helps other poorly children and their families."

  2. A potentially deadly and drug-resistant fungus that was first discovered in Japan has been spreading in UK hospitals. Over 200 patients have been affected or found to be carrying Candida auris after it was detected in around 20 separate NHS Trusts and independent hospitals. The yeast, which can live on the skin or inside the body, is a particular danger to those with weak immune systems.

  3. The bereaved families of those who lost their lives in the Manchester bombing earlier this year are eligible to receive a quarter of a million pounds each from money raised by members of the public. The We Love Manchester Emergency fund has now reached £18 million and Councillor Sue Murphy, chair of the trustees of the fund, said: "We have [...] given around a third of the total to the bereaved families and £3.5 million to those who were hospitalised after the attack. In total this means we have allocated over half of the existing money already."

  4. South Africa's first lady has appeared in court today over an assault on a model in a hotel room. Grace Mugabe handed herself into police after allegations she attacked Gabriella Engels after flying into a fit of rage on finding her in a hotel room with her two sons. Ms Engels posted a photo of a deep gash to her forehead which she said was inflicted by Mrs Mugabe as her bodyguards looked on.

  5. The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will focus on the cause of the fire and the actions of the authorities in the build-up to the blaze, the Government has announced.
    Prime Minister Theresa May said that while wider social concerns will not form part of the inquiry she was "determined" they would not be left "unanswered".