Teenagers to get A-level results
16 August 2012 Last updated at 07:24 BST
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their A-level results on Thursday.
Some are heading for work or training, but for others the results will determine whether or not they get the university place they want.
Some will be the first to face higher tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year.
Reeta Chakrabarti reports.