Across the country, fewer people are applying for university. In this region, that figure is even higher. David Willets MP, the Minister for Universities is confident students are still applying for university and says it is a competitive process.
He says there have been more university applications this year than places available.
Thousands of A-Level students had an anxious wait this morning as they got their exam results. For many, it decides their next career move. With a 12% decrease in University applications this year, more young people could be looking at alternative routes. David Woodland was in Taunton:
The proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years, official figures showed today.
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Today's A-level figures show that the overall A* to E pass rate has risen for the 30th year in a row.
98% of exams achieved at least an E, compared to 97.8% last year.
- English: 21.2 percent of candidates achieving an A grade or above, down from 22.3 last year.
- Maths: 43.9 percent of candidates achieving an A grade or above, down from 44.7 last year.
- Science: 28.6 percent of Biology candidates got an A grade or above, Chemistry 34.4 percent, Physics 31.9 percent.
View the full results table here.
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It's a nervous wait for thousands this morning as A Level results are announced.
It's one of the most emotional and important days for students, as they decide their next career move.
Students starting university this Autumn are said to face total costs of £55,000 if they study in the South West.
Recent figures show a 12% drop in the number of university applications in the South West on last year.
A roadshow offering advice and information on work and learning is in Bristol. The National Careers Service ice cream van is in the city centre near the Hippodrome. Careers advisers are on hand to offer support. They can also give advice to youngsters expecting A level results later this week.