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Website for school leavers says alternatives to university available

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'.

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."

– Spencer Mehlman, Managing Director of

'Formidable set of results' at Magdalen College

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.

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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.

– Dr Tim Hands, the Master, and Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference


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Almost 350,000 students accepted by first choice uni

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:

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.

– Mary Curnock Cook

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.

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Willetts: Degrees still relevant despite A level reforms

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.

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