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Summary

  1. Reaction from across England as pupils receive their A-level results on 18 August
  2. Record numbers of university places awarded as slight fall in top A-level grades

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    BBC News England

    Our live coverage of today's A-level results has come to an end.

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  2. Cambridge call centre takes thousands of calls on A-level clearing day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    By midday today, the Anglia Ruskin University clearing centres had taken 1,385 calls. 

    The centres, based in Cambridge and Chelmsford, offer help to students looking to get on a course after receiving their A-level results today

    The university expects this year to be incredibly busy, receiving more applications than ever before. 

    The lines opened at 07:00 and close at 20:00. 

    Anglia Ruskin clearing centre
  3. Ten alternative ways to fund your degree

    The results are in and you've got a place at university. But what if your wallet's empty and the Bank of Mum and Dad has run dry?

    It is still possible to get funding through a scholarship or an award, especially if you're studying in a particular discipline.

     Criteria can be based on all sorts of things, like academic merit, where you live, what your parents do, whether you're athletic or even how good you are on camera.

    Here's some of the cash on offer that you might not have heard of - and for more information go to the Scholarship Hub.

  4. Great news for some pupils, not so much for others

    Quentin Rayner

    East Midlands Today chief news reporter

    I've been to meet some of the thousands of students discovering their A-level fate in Nottinghamshire.

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    Video caption: Nottinghamhire pupils collect A-Level results
  5. AyupLevels

    This tweet from Yorkshire County Cricket Club is proving popular with 95 retweets and 88 likes so far. 

  6. Watch: Young mathematicians find out their A-level results

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    Video caption: Young mathematicians from Lambeth school find out A-level results

    Budding young mathematicians at King's College London Maths School find out their A-level results.

  7. Budding mathematicians celebrate A-levels

    Tim Stokes

    BBC News

    Pupils find out A-level results at school

    Attending a specialist maths school may be some people's worst nightmare, but budding young mathematicians have been travelling from across the country to attend one in south London.

    King's College London Mathematics School was started in Lambeth two years ago, and pupils have been finding out their A-level and AS results.

    With all students at the school receiving either A* or A in maths, there has been plenty of celebrating.

    Some of the students spoke to BBC News after they learned of their grades.

    In spite of having a two-hour journey from Leicestershire each day, Henry Sinclair-Banks says he "doesn't think twice about the commute. I love this place".

  8. Watch: A-Level joy for Chelmsford student

    Richard Smith

    BBC Essex

    Katie Nicholls, from Chelmsford, was among the hundreds of thousands of students finding out about her A-Levels today.  Fortunately, things worked out rather well for her - she got an A in history, an A* in sociology and an A in English literature, meaning she's off to Exeter University.

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    Video caption: Essex student receives results
  9. Council estimates 95% of students gained two passing A-Levels

    Oxfordshire County Council has estimated that about 95% of students have gained two or more A-Levels at the A* to E pass rate in the county.

    Students at Didcot Sixth Form
    Image caption: Students at Didcot Sixth Form celebrated their results

    This would be close to the 2015 figure - 94.5% - although the confirmed results will be published later in the year.

  10. Ask the experts

    Marginally missing the grades needed, or even getting much better results than expected, can throw everything into turmoil.

    With only a few days to secure a university place or take an alternative path, good advice is crucial.

    Experts Alex Neill of Which? University and Tom Laws of the National Careers Service are on hand to offer personalised advice.

  11. A proud dad tweets

    Eamonn contacted us celebrating the success of his twin daughters Siobhan and Laura, who will be going to university

  12. Hundreds of students chasing University of Northampton places

    Martin Heath

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The University of Northampton has taken hundreds of calls already today from students who've received their A-level results, but haven't been offered places on degree programmes.

    They're being matched with vacancies on courses in a process known as "clearing".

    Tutors are available for prospective students to talk to about their options.

    Antony Bounds in clearing hub

    Antony Bounds, the university's head of admissions, said: "We're hoping to fill about 350 to 400 places.

    "It's been a really positive recruitment drive for the institution."

  13. Watch: Maths college celebrates A-Level success

    All of the students at King's College Maths School, a specialist maths college in Lambeth, have got an A or A* in their A-Level results today.

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    Video caption: All of the students at this specialist maths college have got an A or A* at A-Level
  14. St. Helens students celebrate A-level success

    Students across St. Helens have collected their A-level results today 

    Overall, 98.6% of entries in St. Helens were graded at A* to E, higher than the national average of 98.1%.

    Student at Rainford College
  15. A-level passes in Peterborough beat the average again

    Johnny Dee

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    For the second year running, the A-level pass rate in Peterborough is above the national average. 

    It's now at 98.3%, up by 0.1%. The national average is at 98.1%.  

    Students with A-level results in Peterborough

    "Today's results are a further example of the huge strides being made in improving education in Peterborough," said John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and cabinet member for education.

    "We are never complacent, however, and will continue to work hard with headteachers to make sure our performance continues to improve."

    Meanwhile, for results elsewhere in the county, the Cambridge News has provided a comprehensive round-up.

  16. #alevels

    A number of A-level related hashtags are trending on Twitter this afternoon as people share their exam results and advice. 

    The fourth most popular hashtag is #clearing with many keen to reassure today's students that bad results don't equal failure.

    Many have shared their own experiences of still realising their own career goals despite not getting their first choice at university. 

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  17. Student offers encouragement to fellow sufferers with mental health problems

    Claire Ashmore

    Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

    A Lancashire teenager who has battled mental health issues has urged fellow sufferers to not "let the condition stop you".

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    Video caption: Lotte is urging students who are struggling with mental health issues not to give up

    Straight A student Lotte Gleeson from Pendle spent six months dealing with anxiety that made studying and socialising difficult. 

    The 18-year-old who studied at Nelson and Colne College will head to Oxford next month to study Physics after getting A* in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and an A in Physics.

  18. Knowsley Council tweet congratulations to A-level and BTEC students

    Knowsley Council have tweeted congratulations to students finding out their A-level and BTEC results today.

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    The A-level students will be among the last to study for the qualifications at schools in the borough, as in April, academy governors agreed to close Halewood Academy sixth form, the last institution to offer the examinations.