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Thousands of students who do not get the results they hoped for still get places at university through clearing. Here's how it works.
With fees up and applications down, universities are frantically trying to find ways to attract the students of tomorrow.
A record number of candidates are applying to go to to university this year, seemingly undeterred by fees of up to nine thousand pounds. Overall, figures are up by four per cent - but in the ITV Meridian region there are winners and losers.
Some universities - particularly those offering skills and vocational courses - are proving highly popular. At Surrey applications are up by a staggering 35 percent, Portsmouth is up by 12 percent - and Southampton Solent saw an increase of eight percent.
But the more traditional universities have been hit - Oxford is only up by 1 percent - and Reading says applications are down compared to the same point last year.
ITV Meridian's Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford has been looking at the bigger picture - and finding out if enough is being done to offer teenagers alternatives to taking a degree.
A survey shows students at Oxford University enjoy a good quality of life. The university is in the top five English institutions in the category. The survey also shows graduates' earning power is among the best.
Click video. It's been a nail-biting day for thousands of students across the South as they found out their A-Level results. Richard Slee has been sharing their highs and lows.
It's been a nail-biting day for thousands of students across the country as the long awaited A-Level results came through. Andrew and Sangeeta link to Tom Savvides who has been sharing the students' highs and lows.
St Leonards, Mayfield School on the East Sussex/Kent border is celebrating an increase in the number of pupils achieving Aand A grades at A-level, after results were published earlier today. The number of pupils achieving Aand A grades was 56 per cent, an eight per cent increase on 2012.
Anna Sozanska, who joined Mayfield on a full scholarship scheme and sat seven A-levels, achieving A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Polish and As in German, Further Mathematics and Physics. She has been accepted to study Medicine at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Triplets at the St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone say their A-level results have been a 'nice surprise'. Alexandra, Orla and Eliza will all be starting University in September.
Buckinghamshire New University is busy taking calls this morning from students looking for places through Clearing after receiving their A-Level results.
Experienced staff at the University, based in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, are on hand to give careers advice to students who did not get the grades they needed to get into their choice of university.
This year Bucks New University's clearing hotline is open from 8am-8pm today (Thursday 15 August), and between 8am-7pm tomorrow (Friday 16 August) and 9am-3pm on Saturday (17 August).
On A-level results day we spoke to Headteacher Brendan Wall at St Simon Stock Catholic School.
Students from St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone have been collecting their results this morning. The Headteacher said this was the 'best ever results' the school has had in the last five years.
Students and staff are celebrating another year of record breaking A Level results at Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone.
72% of students gained A* to C grades and the overall pass rate was 98%, representing the best results ever achieved at the Academy, with a third of all students gaining the top grades of A* and A.
Academy Principal, David Simons, said: "We are delighted for the students and staff at Cornwallis who have worked so hard this year to achieve these results. This means that over three quarters of the cohort will be going on to University, a fact that we are all very proud of."