Figures show that around 345,300 student applicants have been accepted to their first choice of university.
A further 98,740 applicants are awaiting results or decisions, while 145,730 are eligible for clearing - the process that matches students without places to courses with vacancies.
Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said:
The gateway to higher education swings open for many people today based on these results - congratulations to all of them.
Demand for higher education has recovered after a dip last year and universities are keen to accept qualified applicants.
For some, that means going through clearing where there are plenty of high quality vacancies. The Ucas website has all the information you need.
Students waiting to learn about university places can check whether they have been accepted by logging on to the Track service on the Ucas website.
Thousands of students who do not get the results they hoped for still get places at university through clearing. Here's how it works.Read the full story ›
Reforms to the A level and GCSE system will not devalue a degree, the University minister has told Daybreak.
David Willetts congratulated A level students on their hard work and dubbed University "a worthwhile experience" despite a dwindling job market and mountains of debt graduates can get into.
He also let slip his A level grades - two As, one B and a C.
Once again, Brockenhurst College students have attained outstanding A level results and I am tremendously proud of their individual achievements in this, our centenary year. I also take pride in the overall success of the College and thank the staff and parents for the part they have played in our students’ achievements. This is, as always, a great day of celebration for us all and I wish all the students who leave us today every success for the future.”
A College in Hampshire is celebrating A level success in its centenary year. Overall pass rate at Brockenhurst college is 99%.
More than half of students gained A-B grades, with three quarters of all students achieving A-C grades across all subjects. Two thirds of STEM subject students gained A*-B grades (Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology). And 92% of students passed their AS level course.
Students across our region will be receiving their A Level results today.
College students will find out their grades which will enable them to get into university, apprenticeships or into a full-time job.
Last year saw the number of A grades slip for the first time in two decades, according to official figures.
It has been suggested a focus on more traditional subjects could fuel a slight drop.
- Last summer, the proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade fell for the first time in more than 20 years.
- Official figures for 2012 showed that 26.6 percent of the exams were given an A or A*, down from 27 percent in 2011 - a record drop of 0.4 percent.
- Around one in 12 (7.9 percent) exams were given an A* grade, down from 8.2 percent in 2011, while 76.6 percent of entries got at least a C grade, up from 76.2 percent the year before.
With tuition fees rising to as much as nine thousand pounds a year many students are looking for ways to save money on the cost of a degree.
New rules mean some sixth form colleges in the South East are now able to offer courses for as little as a third of the cost of a university degree.
Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford has been finding out how they do it.
On the face of it, watching cars being crushed might not seem the best way of teaching youngsters about engineering. As part of National Apprenticeships Week school leavers have been to the Automotive Academy for a crash course. Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
Newbury students at Thatcham Motor Research Centre are taking part in National Apprentice Week.
The aim is to encourage more youngsters to take up engineering.
The centre is a leading facility in crash testing and repair technology.