1. ITV Report

Fewer A-level students want to go to University

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.

University Application figures according to UCAS Credit: ITV West

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.