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Fewer A-level students want to go to University

'A' level students got their results today Photo: ITV west

A-level students got their results today [Thursday], but it seems that fewer of them want to go on to higher education.

According to the latest figures, there's been a fall of more than twelve per cent in the number of people from our region wanting to continue their studies.

Today, there were a mix of emotions for thousands of young people.

For some there were jubilations for others time for contemplation.

Cornwall College is celebrating an A Level pass rate of 98%.

One of its success stories is 19-year-old Zoe Bilkey who dropped out of school at 14 because of anxienty attacks. She's since returned to education and has just secured a place a Brighton University with an A*, an A and a B.

If someone even told me at 15 that I was even going to college let alone to uni I would have laughed like no I'm not doing that, because there were points where I didn't want to go outside, so going to college was a big thing for me.

– Zoe Bilkey, student
University Application figures according to UCAS Credit: ITV West Country

For those wanting to go to university this year it may be tougher than ever.

According to UCAS, the number of students from the South West applying for a place in higher education has fallen from just over forty thousand last year to just over thirty five thousand this year, a fall of 12.6%. That compares to a national decline of 7.4%.

University though isn't the only route.

Those who do venture into higher education may still face a last minute scramble with more than 629,000 applications for about half a million university places.

Jubilant reaction from A-level students who received results today Credit: ITV West Country