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Tears of joy and disappointment for students

Top grades are up - and more teenagers than ever have won places at University. Tens of thousands of students received their A-level results today - and overall, there is the first slight dip in pass rates - the first time that's happened in more than 30 years. Right across the South there have been tears of joy and disappointment as pupils opened their envelopes. Many say it's been tougher than ever to gain good grades because of government reforms to the exam system. Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.


Results day selfies from students celebrating in Kent

Students in Kent have been celebrating with results day selfies. Jordan Cooper, Hannah Clare and George Feas have all got the results they needed to do their courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Jordan Cooper
Jordan Cooper is looking forward to studying Foundation Computing this year Credit: Jordan Cooper
Hannah Clare
Hannah has got the grades and will be studying Primary Education Credit: Hannah Clare
George Feas
George is off to university to do American Studies Credit: George Feas


Apprenticeships instead of higher education?

There will be the usual scramble for places at university. But, increasingly, many young people are considering an apprenticeship instead of higher education. The latest research shows that two out of five 15 to 19 year olds have thought about some sort of paid training scheme - and most students don't think it would harm their long-term earning potential if they don't go to university. Richard Slee reports.

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