Top-grade A-levels down

The number of A-levels being marked at the top grades in London has dipped this year.

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Drop in high A-level scores

The number of London students getting the highest grades in A-Levels has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years.

Today's exam results show that 28.5 per cent of this year's entries got an "A-star" or an "A".

Last year, it was just over 29 per cent.

The worry is that some students will now miss out on the universities of their choice.

Paul Brand has this report.

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University acceptance down 7%

There's been a fall in the number of students already accepted for university places, down 7% this year, compared with 2011.

There are various reasons for this, such as tuition fees - now up to £9,000 a year - putting teenagers off higher education.

So what are the options for students who know that university isn't for them? Liz Wickham has been finding out.

Paul Brand reports on today's A-level results

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Off to see students in Hackney get A level results. Good prospects are pricey this year - up to »9000 per yr at uni now

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Spoke to couple of students this morn who missed grades and now wonder whether second choice uni is worth the tuition fees #Alevelresults

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Applications at Greenwich Uni down 6.5%. But unprecedented no. of v early morning calls at their clearing centre today #Alevelresults

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