There have been celebrations and commiserations as many thousands of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland picked up their A-level results.
Almost half a million young people are on their way to university in the autumn – a dip of 1% on last year – with others moving on to jobs or taking a well-earned break.
Students in Bedfordshire, County Durham, Essex, Lincolnshire and south Yorkshire told the BBC their grades and shared what they are up to next.
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