With talk of 'Legacy' sweeping the country, hundreds of thousands of school students will find out about their immediate future as A-Level results are released nationwide.
In the first year that annual tuition fees will rise to £9,000 for some, admissions service UCAS have said the number of students accepted on to university courses is down seven per cent.
The figures published today [16 Aug] also show that about 79,000 UK applicants are still awaiting conditional offers ahead of results, and that more than 10,000 people have already applied for places through clearing.
Despite the dip, Universities Minister David Willetts said: "There is a long-term trend for more and more people to aspire to go to university and for more and more employers to look to employ people with higher education qualifications and I personally don't think, taking the long view, that trend has suddenly stopped."
Given that only 4 in 10 members of Team GB completed a degree, many students are considering whether university is the best path to achieving their own 'legacies' with Dr Helen Carasso from Oxford University saying students will be "very selective given the pressures on how best to invest their time and money".
With Britain's ever-increasing birth rate, one course still in high demand is midwifery with UCAS reporting a 40 per cent rise in applications for midwifery degrees.
Despite this, the Royal College of Midwives would still like to see more done to support "very stretched services" and their 5,000 more midwives e-petition remains open at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/13716.
Results out later this morning are for A and AS-level exams taken by about 350,000 pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland while pupils in Scotland achieved a record pass rate on their Highers and Standard Grades earlier this month.
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