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GCSE results day for thousands across the West Country

Teenagers across the West Country get their GCSE results today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Thousands of teenagers across the West Country will collect their GCSE results today.

It's the moment when many students will decide whether to continue with education or enter the world of work.

We'll talking to students in Bristol as they find out those all-important grades


Students warned against university website scam

Students in Somerset have been warned against parting with large sums of money. Credit: ITV West Country

Students in Somerset are being warned against a fake university website, which is claiming to be linked to the Prior Park College based in Bath.

Prospective students have made payments of up to £5,500 to a fake establishment.

The trading standards department at Bath and North East Somerset Council have received a number of complaints from people about the site.

They have been advising all students who are considering attending a college or university to visit it first before parting with any money.

Son of hoax call nurse wins university place

Son of nurse Jacintha Saldanha Credit: ITV News

The son of Bristol Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who killed herself after a hoax call, joined the record numbers of students accepted to university today.

Junal Barboza was among the tens of thousands of teenagers across West opening the fateful envelope, or in many cases reading emails or text messages.

The 19 year old has spent three years studying in Bristol - during which time he had to come to terms with the death of his mother .

A-level results: Everything you need to know about Clearing

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If you haven't got the A-level results you expected, you may be going through Clearing to try and get into university.

It can be stressful, but UCAS has plenty of advice and support online. Here's its basic guide to Clearing.

  • What is Clearing? Clearing runs from 3 July to 21 October and is an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t been accepted by a university or college to find a place on another course.
  • How do I know if I can use Clearing? When you log in to Track, you’ll see if you’re in Clearing. In the ‘Next Steps’ section, there’ll be an option to ‘Add a Clearing choice.' If you applied after 30 June, you’ll automatically be entered into Clearing.
  • Where can I find vacancies? The first place to start is the UCAS search tool. When you select where you normally live along with ‘Clearing 2015’, you’ll be shown all the available courses. The Telegraph will also publish all Clearing vacancies on Thursday 13 August and Saturday 15 August.
  • How do I apply to a course in Clearing? When you’ve found the course want to apply to, give the uni a call to ask if they can consider you for a place. If they confirm that they’ll accept you, add the choice in Track in the ‘Your Choices’ section. You can speak to as many universities and colleges as you like in Clearing, but you can only add one Clearing choice at a time. This must be the place you want to accept.
  • What happens after I’ve added a Clearing choice? If the uni has offered you a place, they will update your status in Track to show you’ve been accepted. Once this has happened, your Confirmation letter will appear in Track within a week.

UCAS has more advice here, on keeping calm when making that call.

It also suggests making a free call to the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000, for independent advice about your options.


Countdown to liftoff? Carol Vorderman to work with astronauts

Carol Vorderman after passing her private pilot's licence test. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Bristol TV star Carol Vorderman has landed a job working alongside astronauts, promoting space science education.

The former Countdown maths wizard, who has a private pilot's licence, will sit on the board of directors for the Challenger Centre for Space Science Education.

The centre was set up to honour the legacy of the Challenger shuttle crew, who were killed in a tragic accident in 1986.

54-year-old Vorderman says she has always been fascinated by space - and her daughter wants to be an astronaut.

"I'm thrilled and honoured to have been voted onto the board of this amazing organisation and I and can't wait to get fully involved.

"To encourage children into science and engineering has been one of my passions for decades.

"The opportunities for children that the Challenger centres provide is excellent. Space holds a massive fascination for everyone, whatever age, whatever background."

– Carol Vorderman

Bath only non-Oxbridge university to be full before clearing

Thousands are getting their A-level results today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Bath University says a rise in students applying means it is already full this year, and won't be taking on students through clearing.

The university says more students have opted to have Bath as their first choice.

Thousands of pupils are opening their results today, and those who are disappointed may be relying on clearing to secure a place at university.

Bath is the only university other than Oxford and Cambridge to be full already.

Teenager with Down's Syndrome fights for her future

Sita Dommett wants to study cookery and eventually work in a restaurant Credit: ITV News

A teenager with Downs Syndrome will be joining other young people with disabilities in Westminster today to protest over their right to have further education.

Sita Dommett from North Nibley wants to go to a specialist college in Somerset but Gloucestershire County Council won't fund it.

Campaigners say thousands of young people are being affected by a change in legislation.

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