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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Plymouth's Olympic diver Tom Daley is celebrating top A level results today, two months after leaving Plymouth College.
A record number of students have already been accepted on university courses with 385,910 securing a place, up nine per cent on this time last year, Ucas figures showed today.
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.
The Government needs to "give more thought" to the students who did not get A-levels or equivalent qualifications, a leading teaching union has said:
– Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)
We hope students get the grades they need tomorrow to enable them to go to university, get a training place or find a good job.
But we fear for those who don't, because their prospects don't look rosy at a time when nearly a million 16 to 24-year-olds are out of work.
All young people need the chance to show what they've learnt, whether they want to go to university or not, but these new exam proposals won't let them do that.
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.
Thousands of teenagers will find out about their futures today, as A-Level results are released.
Almost 300,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will find out whether they are going to University or need to rethink their options.
One education expert predicted that there could be a slight rise in results this year, as more "practically minded" students were being moved away from A-Levels to different qualifications.
Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, explained: "The more practically-minded in the past may have been encouraged to take A-levels, and haven't done well.
"Now they're transferring to practical qualifications and that could affect the overall pass rate."
Five per cent of students turn to gambling to cope with the rising cost of university, according to a new survey carried out for ITV News.
Of the 1,110 students surveyed by Student Beans.com, five per cent said they had resorted to using payday loans to ease the burden of debt.
Seven per cent of participants also admitted participating in medical trials for extra money.
Ten per cent of students spend less £10 a week on food, according to a new survey.
The survey carried out by Student Beans.com for ITV News, found that 36 per cent of students have debts of more than £25,000.
Thousands of 18-year-olds are will receive the results of their A-level exams tomorrow morning which could determine whether they go to university.
Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are awaiting their A-level results tomorrow with many planning on going to university.
However a survey carried out for ITV News found that 36 per cent of students have more than £25,000 worth of debt.
It was also revealed that of those surveyed, five per cent turned to gambling while another five per cent used payday loans to cope with the debt.
ITV News' Consumer Editor Chris Choi reveals the lengths some students go to, to cope with the rising cost of going to university:
An unprecedented number of places at the country's most selective universities will be made available through clearing this year, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
Leading universities usually offer few places in clearing - the system which matches students with spare places in higher education - but changes to the admissions system and rising tuition fees appear to have changed that.
At least half of the country's elite Russell Group universities, including Warwick, Nottingham and Birmingham, confirmed they would accept applications through clearing this year.
Only seven, including Oxford and Cambridge, said they would not be offering extra places because they are oversubscribed.