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The MP David Willetts is the Minister for Universities and Skills and spoke to ITV News West Country during a visit to UCAS in Cheltenham on Thursday:
Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said after A-level results were revealed today:
Ten per cent of students spend less £10 a week on food, according to a new survey.
The survey carried out by Student Beans.com for ITV News, found that 36 per cent of students have debts of more than £25,000.
Thousands of 18-year-olds are will receive the results of their A-level exams tomorrow morning which could determine whether they go to university.
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.
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.
More than 88% of girls at Bruton School in Somerset achieved A Level grades between A* and C.
Adam Smith from City Academy in St George in Bristol gained A* in Mathematics, A* in Further Mathematics, A in Physics, A in Chemistry, and B in Biology.
His achievement means he is the school's first student to gain a place at Oxford where he will read Physics.
City Academy in St George has told ITV News West Country 95% of Sixth Form students received their first choice of university this year.
The former St George Secondary School was one of ex Prime Minister Tony Blair's first Academies and will celebrate its tenth anniversary in September.
It is also the oldest Academy in the whole of the South West of England.
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