A LEVELS: Students from across West Sussex discover their results

Thousands of students from across West Sussex will be heading to the schools and colleges to collect their A Level results.

Teenegers from schools and colleges from across the Observer area will collect their results today (Thursday, August 15) and see if they have achieved the grades they need to secure their university or training places.

Last year saw the first fall in 20 years in the proportion of entries getting the top grades.

The university admissions body UCAS has said a record number of students have been accepted by UK universities.

Insiders say they expect results to be ‘stable’ this year.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS chief executive, said: “There will be a rich variety of courses offering vacancies through clearing this year, across a range of universities and colleges.

“Some 12 per cent of all enrolments last year were through clearing which has now become a mainstream application route for higher education.

“If you are flexible and open-minded, clearing offers a chance to re-think your choices, make more realistic applications or even to fulfill new ambitions.”

Expert UCAS advisers are also on hand to answer questions. The number to call is 0871 468 0 468.

If you don’t get the results you expected (whether higher or lower) and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on the Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000.

Details of the local A Level results will appear on the Observer websites later today.