Students across the region will be picking up their GCSE results from school today.

Educational experts are predicting that almost seven in 10 GCSEs nationally could be awarded at least a C grade this year.

This is down to students taking more alternative international courses this year and fewer being entered for exams early.

Students will be heading to their schools to find out their results Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/PA Images

Last year, just over two thirds, 68.8% of entries scored at least a C grade, up 0.7 percentage points on 2013.

Exam reforms introduced in England under the coalition government, such as the decision that only a candidate's first attempt at a qualification will count in school league tables, will also continue to affect results.