The nervous wait will be over for hundreds of students across Hartlepool today.
It will be good A-level news for many in the town, but others will be starting the frantic process of going through clearing for a university place.
Students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College were at the Blakelock Road site from 7.45am this morning, while English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College opened its doors at 8.30am for students to collect their results.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said: “Students and their teachers are bracing themselves for greater volatility in this year’s results, particularly at AS level with the first students sitting exams under a new curriculum this year.
“Students and teachers have had a very short timescale to get to grips with the new syllabuses, particularly at a time when they have been trying to prepare for the introduction of revised A level courses from next month.
“Teachers, as usual, have worked hard to ensure that standards have been maintained despite this upheaval and the cuts to budgets in the post-16 sector, which have had a significant impact on the staffing levels and resources available in schools and colleges.
“Young people have continued to excel despite these challenges which have been compounded for many by the Government’s removal of financial support for the most disadvantaged students and its cuts to the system of independent careers advice and guidance.
“Today offers an opportunity to celebrate the talent of our young people, but should also provide pause for thought about the increasing barriers that students and schools are facing to achieve this success.”
UCAS lines opened this morning for students to find university places with thousands expected to fall short of the grades they need for their first choice university.
But, the head of the national university admission service has reassured students that clearing is still an important route for many degree students and not a “bargain basement” option.
Last year one in eight students found their university place through clearing and UCAS said almost half of those using clearing will be placed by Monday.
Outside of going into clearing, many students will look at alternative avenues such as joining the workforce or going on an apprenticeship scheme.
Students can contact UCAS on 0371 4680468, the National Careers Service on 0800 100900 and the National Apprenticeship Helpdesk on 0800 0150400.