The A-level results are out and this year there are claims the marking has been tougher than ever before.
An Essex head teacher says marking of the exams has been noticeably more rigorous than in previous years, meaning some students have missed out on predicted grades.
Nationally around 300,000 students took the exams, almost half of those, around 145,000, will be involved in clearing, the process of finding courses if you haven't made the grade at your first or second choice university.
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Thousands of students who do not get the results they hoped for still get places at university through clearing. Here's how it works.
Universities across the East of England are dealing with thousands of calls from students trying to find places.