A-level results: Don't panic if you didn't get the grades you wanted

Issie Forrest and Leanne Bookman celebrate getting the grades they wanted at Sheldon School, Chippenham, but experts

Issie Forrest and Leanne Bookman celebrate getting the grades they wanted at Sheldon School, Chippenham, but experts

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Students in Wiltshire are being warned not to panic if they did not got the results needed for the university of their choice.

A-level grades are expected to be down across the country following a toughening up of the awards process.

But three-quarters of top universities will make places available through clearing as the publication of A-level results triggers a “football transfer window”-style scramble to recruit Britain’s brightest teenagers.

Overall, the number of courses advertised by all universities in clearing will be up by a fifth on last year.

The move follows the introduction of Government reforms giving universities powers to admit more sixth-formers with good A-levels, creating an additional 30,000 places.

Experts said it had turned the clearing system into a “buyers’ market” in which high-achieving students can trade-up to a better course.

Figures will show that the number of students claiming top grades has dropped for the third year in a row.

In all, around 26 per cent of test papers are likely to be awarded at least an A, down from 26.3 per cent last year, 26.6 per cent in 2012 and a record high of 27 per cent in 2010 and 2011.

All Wiltshire College campuses will have career advisors on hand from 1pm to 4pm today.

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