Reforms to the A level and GCSE system will not devalue a degree, the University minister has told Daybreak.
David Willetts congratulated A level students on their hard work and dubbed University "a worthwhile experience" despite a dwindling job market and mountains of debt graduates can get into.
He also let slip his A level grades - two As, one B and a C.
A College in Hampshire is celebrating A level success in its centenary year. Overall pass rate at Brockenhurst college is 99%.
More than half of students gained A-B grades, with three quarters of all students achieving A-C grades across all subjects. Two thirds of STEM subject students gained A*-B grades (Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology). And 92% of students passed their AS level course.
Students across our region will be receiving their A Level results today.
College students will find out their grades which will enable them to get into university, apprenticeships or into a full-time job.
Last year saw the number of A grades slip for the first time in two decades, according to official figures.
It has been suggested a focus on more traditional subjects could fuel a slight drop.
- Last summer, the proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade fell for the first time in more than 20 years.
- Official figures for 2012 showed that 26.6 percent of the exams were given an A or A*, down from 27 percent in 2011 - a record drop of 0.4 percent.
- Around one in 12 (7.9 percent) exams were given an A* grade, down from 8.2 percent in 2011, while 76.6 percent of entries got at least a C grade, up from 76.2 percent the year before.
'Significant' increases in applications have meant the institution has to use additional measures besides looking at exam results to identify the best candidates, according to Oxford's undergraduate admissions director.
Are A-levels failing to make the grade? One school in Kent thinks so. In September, Tonbridge Grammar becomes one of the first state schools in Britain to scrap A-levels and replace them with a new qualification.
It believes the International Baccaleureate is more challenging and prepares students better for university. The government is currently looking at major reform of the A level system amid criticism that too many top grades are handed out and endless resits devalue the qualification.
Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.