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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 student who was diagnosed with cancer part-way through his A-levels has secured top grades in a string of subjects.
Tom Woodward, aged 18, underwent three cycles of chemotherapy in the middle of his exams after being told he had testicular cancer at Easter.
The diagnosis failed to deter the teenager from keeping on top of his studies at independent Brighton College.
He went on to gain an A* in psychology and As in history and English to secure a place reading history at Bristol University.
– Tom Woodward, Student
It was pretty stressful but I didn't have any choice and I just had to get on with it. I'm pretty relieved now.
I have been given the all-clear and I just have to have check-ups done every three months. It wasn't too bad because I had the chemo round my exams."
Brighton College celebrated another year of impressive results, with 96% of grades at A* to B and 100% passes.
We spoke to the following students at Brighton College:
Tessa Hutchinson, who studied Politics, Economics and Maths and got 3 As.
Katy Lucas, who studied Philosophy, Psychology and English Literature. She got 2 A* and an A.
Hector Bunt, who studied Maths, Physics and Politics and got 2 As and 2 Bs.
A Level students at Brighton College opened their results this morning, but they has a lot to celebrate. This year around 95% of students got grades A* - B.
A website which promotes alternative options available to students who have finifhed their A Levels says students should 'bide their time and really think about their options'.
– Spencer Mehlman, Managing Director of www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
It’s brilliant that so many students have this year got the results they were hoping for and have been granted places at university. However, we can’t ignore the fact that many students currently studying at university would rather be doing an apprenticeship or something similar – studies have shown this.
We strongly advise students receiving their A-Level results this year to bide their time and really think about their options...Anyone that didn’t get the grades they wanted today needn’t panic, because work-based learning and other vocational training opportunities are available to them."
– Dr Tim Hands, the Master, and Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference
This is yet again a formidable set of results. What is particularly significant is the high achievement of all our pupils in the traditional, demanding, hard, ‘facilitating’ subjects such as Maths, Further Maths and Physics that universities and the Government now favour.
This is an outstanding year group and many of our pupils have enjoyed huge extra-curricular successes alongside their academic achievements this year. We are also very proud of our sailing squad which has now held the National title for the third year running.
Magdalen College School in Oxford is celebrating another set of outstanding A-Level results and a new record for Oxbridge entry.**
- 44.30 % A* - up by a third
- 91.01 % A*-A
- 101 of 129 pupils A* or A in all exams taken
- Six pupils achieve 5 A*s
- Twelve pupils achieve 4 A*s
- 77.4% A* in Further Maths, 63.4% A* in Maths, 73.1% A* in Physics
Figures show that around 345,300 student applicants have been accepted to their first choice of university.
A further 98,740 applicants are awaiting results or decisions, while 145,730 are eligible for clearing - the process that matches students without places to courses with vacancies.
Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said:
– Mary Curnock Cook
The gateway to higher education swings open for many people today based on these results - congratulations to all of them.
Demand for higher education has recovered after a dip last year and universities are keen to accept qualified applicants.
For some, that means going through clearing where there are plenty of high quality vacancies. The Ucas website has all the information you need.
Students waiting to learn about university places can check whether they have been accepted by logging on to the Track service on the Ucas website.