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Almost 350,000 students accepted by first choice uni

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.

– Mary Curnock Cook

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.

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Willetts: Degrees still relevant despite A level reforms

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.

Principal 'tremendously proud' of Brockenhurst students

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.”

– Principal Di Roberts, Brockenhurst College

College celebrates A-level success in its centenary year

Brockenhurst College in Hampshire Credit: Brockenhurst College

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.

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How last year's A-Level students did

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.
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