Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' A-level entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.
The latest results, which show how pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have performed, show that an increasing number of students are choosing science, with the number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics rising by 2%, while those taking maths has gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.
Didn't get the grades you were expecting? You can still apply for university courses through a process called 'clearing'.
Jane Parry is lead tax partner at PM+M. Here she explains how parents can keep the cost of university funding down.