Thousands of people across the region have or will be picking up their A Level results today.
Pupils and teachers at Cornwall College St Austell have been celebrating some of their successes.
Lauren Eddy was pleased with 3 A's and got what she needed to study medicine.
William Richards from Cornwall College got A*s and is off to study physics.
It's not just the pupils that have been getting their results.
Cornwall College lecturers Noel and Roisin took A Level English alongside the students and they both got A* grades.
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Staying on at school to take more exams doesn't suit everyone, which was the case for a young man from Devon. Chris Rundle left school at 16 with just a couple of GCSEs.
He's now the managing director of a business which he hopes will turn over £1 million this year and he's only 18. Our correspondent Duncan Sleightholme's been to meet him.
It is 'A' levels results day - and across the region thousands of young people have been finding out if they've got the grades that could play an important part in shaping their career.
Nationally the number of students achieving top grades is slightly down. But here in the south west there are still plenty of success stories. Jeff Welch reports
There are of course plenty of alternatives to higher education. New figures show apprenticeships are becoming more popular as the cost of degrees rises, together with fewer job opportunities at the end of it.
Katie Rowlett has been to one of the region's largest employers, to see the apprenticeship scheme in action...
Today has been the biggest day so far in the lives of thousands of students across the region - A level results day.
Overall, top grades are slightly down but, as our Education Correspondent Richard Payne reports, there are still plenty of success stories...
The MP David Willetts is the Minister for Universities and Skills and spoke to ITV News West Country during a visit to UCAS in Cheltenham on Thursday:
Dom Anderson, Vice President of the National Union of Students, said students were reaping the benefits of going to university despite average debts of £26,000 and reports of student "poverty".
"It's completely worth it. University is a life-changing thing," Anderson told ITV News as many students found out today whether they had gained university places.