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Dom Anderson, Vice President of the National Union of Students, said students were reaping the benefits of going to university despite average debts of £26,000 and reports of student "poverty".
"It's completely worth it. University is a life-changing thing," Anderson told ITV News as many students found out today whether they had gained university places.
The chief executive of Ucas said students who applied late or got lower A-level grades than expected could still choose from a large selection of courses.
Mary Curnock Cook said:
Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said after A-level results were revealed today:
Triplets at the St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone say their A-level results have been a 'nice surprise'. Alexandra, Orla and Eliza will all be starting University in September.
Eloise Davies was the top performing girl at Chelmsford County High School, getting four A* and one A. She's won a place at Cambridge to study History.
Britain's biggest teachers' union said Government education reforms will harm the prospects of disadvantaged students in the future.
After A-level results were revealed today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:
We spoke to the following students at Brighton College:
Tessa Hutchinson, who studied Politics, Economics and Maths and got 3 As.
Katy Lucas, who studied Philosophy, Psychology and English Literature. She got 2 A* and an A.
Hector Bunt, who studied Maths, Physics and Politics and got 2 As and 2 Bs.
A pair of identical twin sisters found out they will soon be separated by thousands of miles after receiving their A-level results.
Eleanor and Sophie Harrison from Newcastle have spent their entire lives at school together, but in a few weeks one of them will begin studying in America.
Eleanor, 18, achieved the results she needed to go to the University of California where she will be studying English, while her sister Sophie will head to Leeds to study art and design.
Eleanor said: "We will keep in touch on Skype - we've been at school together since we were four."
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The number of top A-level grades fell for the second year in a row as students across the country found out their results today.
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