The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running.
The number of entries who scored A*-C this summer dropped by 1.3% to 68.1% - the biggest fall in the exam's 25-year history.
Those gaining top grades has also fallen by 0.5% - with 6.8% achieving an A*.
Thousands of students across Cumbria are opening their GCSE exam results today.
There are many options available to all students, including further education and apprenticeships.
The Cumbria Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust has two apprenticeships available, offering students the chance to earn whilst they learn.
Sarah Foster applied successfully for the apprenticeship in 2012:
“This apprenticeship was a fantastic opportunity for me. I never thought that I would
gain the relevant skills so quickly, and have a permanent job within just a few
"The team are brilliant to work alongside; my assessor from Training2000 is
very supportive and always there to answer any queries I may have.”
If you have 5 GCSEs including English and Maths and would like to apply for an apprenticeship with CPFT then click here.
A-level students in Cumbria received their results yesterday, August 15.
The early signs are that there has been a higher number of students receiving A and B grades across the county.
Many of them will go to university but some are already looking at alternatives.
Watch Tim Backshall's report here:
Some students who have not received the exam results they were expecting, may still be able to secure a place at their chosen university- through the 'clearing' process.
Helen Fleming, from the University of Cumbria, explains more:
The Corporate Director for Children's Service at Cumbria County Council, Julia Morrison, says that early indications are looking good for students:
Helen Fleming is the Director of Marketing and Recruitment at the University of Cumbria.
She says that students need to look at all of their options before considering what to do next:
Whether you are considering looking for a job, apprenticeship, course or a gap year, there is a website to help you.Read the full story ›
Website 'The Student Room' is offering a 24 hour service today to provide support for people getting their A-level results.
The website has a dedicated hub that will be manned in real-time so you can ask questions and get answers quickly.
It is not all doom and gloom though, as the website also offers guides for heading to university and what you can expect from the experience.
If you are getting your A-level results today and are looking for alternatives to going to university, www.notgoingtouni.co.uk could help.
The website offers information on everything from apprenticeships to getting professional qualifications while training on the job.
Are you receiving your A-level results this morning and feeling nervous about what the future might hold for you?
We will be linking you to all of the resources you need - if you want to go to university or want to go down another route - on our website today.