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'A' level results day - Rochdale 6th form

The wait is over for thousands of students across the North West who today received their A Level Results. For the first time in more than 2 decades there's been a fall in the number of A star or A grades - 26.6% had the two top grades, down from 27% last summer.

But the overall pass rate continued to rise - as it has for the last 30 years - to 98%. Boys got more A* grades than girls but girls got more A grades than boys.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue has been with students at Rochdale College to find out what the future holds for them: