Students nervously head to school for the last time to collect their A-Level results today
PUBLISHED: 10:10 18 August 2011 | UPDATED: 10:11 18 August 2011
Thousands of pupils across north London will be heading into school for the last time today to pick up their A-Level results.
Hoardes of anxious teenagers will be hoping they have picked up the grades they need to get them into their preferred university or set them on the right track for their career.
The pressure is on even more this year as students battle to secure a university place before fees are hiked up in 2012.
Students starting university this year will be the last intake to pay up to £3,290 per year with some fees set to triple to £9,000 the following year.
Admissions service UCAS has announced the number of A-Level pupils deferring their offer of a university place for a year has dropped by 70 per cent as students look to avoid the fee rise.
Studies have shown students starting university in 2012 will face an average of £56,000 of debt on graduation, compared with about £27,000 if they start this year.
Some pupils may have already found out some of their results when one of the country’s largest exam boards Edexcel accidentally posted A-Level scores on its website for three hours on Saturday.
The exam board runs an online service allowing students to access their results on its website.
Any students logging onto the network between 10am and 1pm were able to access their individual results five days before the official release date.