The number of top A-level grades fell for the second year in a row as students across the country found out their results today.
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Eloise Davies was the top performing girl at Chelmsford County High School, getting four A* and one A. She's won a place at Cambridge to study History.
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 pair of identical twin sisters found out they will soon be separated by thousands of miles after receiving their A-level results.
Eleanor and Sophie Harrison from Newcastle have spent their entire lives at school together, but in a few weeks one of them will begin studying in America.
Eleanor, 18, achieved the results she needed to go to the University of California where she will be studying English, while her sister Sophie will head to Leeds to study art and design.
Eleanor said: "We will keep in touch on Skype - we've been at school together since we were four."
A teaching leader said he was "worried" about the huge variance in subjects chosen by girls and boys in their A-levels.
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said teachers should challenge stereotypical views:
– Brian Lightman
We need, as teachers, to try and raise awareness of these stereotypical views that occur.
But it's a societal thing as well; in wider society we need to try and break those stereotypical models. We need to show role models of people who are doing different things.
The latest A-level results showed there were huge gender differences in pupils' choices in subject, with officials saying the gap has "extenuated" this year.
For instance, girls accounted for more than seven in 10 entries for English exams, while four in every five physics exam entries were for boys.
The proportion of A-levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row, official figures showed today.
In total, 26.3 percent of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6 percent in 2012 - a drop of 0.3 percent. It is believed to be the second biggest fall in the history of A-levels.
The A*-A pass rate fell for the first time in more than 20 years last year.
The latest drop comes amid rising numbers of teenagers taking A-levels in science and maths.
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.