The wait is almost over for pupils across the region as they prepare to collect their A-level results.
We’ll be publishing results from local schools and colleges on this website as they send them in to us throughout results day (today).
Meanwhile, UCAS is on hand on to support pupils, whatever grades they achieve.
Courses with vacancies are live to view via its website – www.ucas.com/ – now.
Applicants can also log into Track on the UCAS website to see if their place has been confirmed, or if they are eligible to use clearing – the system which matches unplaced applicants with suitable vacancies.
Universities and colleges will be keen to speak with qualified applicants, and can make verbal offers from the morning onwards. After doing their research and speaking to admissions offices, students can then confirm their Clearing choice in Track from 5pm today.
UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: “Higher Education is a life-defining experience, and half a million students each year now take up the challenge.
“If you think you’ll be using the Clearing route to get there, don’t worry – record numbers of students were placed that way last year. Most universities will have some courses with vacancies, including in subjects you might not have considered when first filling out your UCAS application.
“Universities and colleges will want to talk you – but remember to prepare and do your research before discussing your options with them. You’ll find all the information you need about Clearing on our website.”
Last year 512,000 people secured a place at university or college through UCAS, with 61,300 students being accepted through Clearing.
Full information and contact details can be found on the UCAS website and students can also speak directly to a UCAS expert on Twitter or Facebook.
Experienced careers advisers are also ready to discuss the range of options open to students on the Exam Results Helpline, which is funded by the Department for Education, on 0808 100 8000.