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.
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.