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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:00am 16th August 2012 (Updated 9:56am 16th August 2012)

Cornish teenagers join the A-level team.

Exam results are out.

For the first time in twenty years the number getting top grades has fallen. A lot of that is because of tougher marking.

Hear how these students from Truro College have got on...

 
One told us: "I got an A* in all of them! I really worked hard and it's really paid off and I'm really pleased. I loved the subjects I did and that means I really did well in them."

Pirate FM has learnt university applications are down. It is being blamed on soaring tuition fees, with many charging £9,000 a year.

If you have achieved the grades you expected UCAS will automatically update the status of offers for the universities or colleges you applied to online.

If your exam results are better than you expected you may be able to use 'Adjustment'. This service is accessed through Track and allows applicants who meet and exceed the conditions of their firm choice to reconsider where and what to study while retaining the option of their original place.

If you haven't got the results you were hoping for, don't worry. Debbie Wilshire from Cornwall College said: "Sometimes even if you have just missed the grade the university will still want you on the basis of the grades that you have got. So don't panic. See someone. Talk it through. Work out what the next step is that is best for you."exam results

There are other options available through UCAS. Or alternatively you can re-sit some exams over summer.

If you did not get the results you wanted but still want to apply for university or college you can do it through 'Clearing'.

Students who want to consider a Clearing place can start looking at courses with vacancies from Thursday morning.

You can find a list of universities and colleges with free places on the UCAS website or in The Telegraph

You should then contact the university or college directly and discuss the course and vacancy with them. Then from 5pm on Thursday you can make a formal application through UCAS Clearing.

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Tips to Bag a Place at University

  •  Make sure you are available to speak to universities and colleges. Treat your Clearing application like a job application - deal with it yourself. Don't leave it to your parents or friends to sort out.
  • Start contacting universities and colleges about the courses that interest you as soon as you can. An institution that is interested in you will ask for details such as your Clearing number and your Personal ID. You will probably also be asked questions about your exam results.
  • When looking at courses through Clearing make sure that the content of the course meets your needs and check the entry requirements.
  • Visit UCAS Connect which brings you the digital side of UCAS. It's the home of the online advice and tips about applying to university and college. Why not try following @ucas_online or @ucasclearing on Twitter for the latest updates?
  • If you need help applying through Clearing or have a query about your application, you can contact the UCAS helpline on 0871 468 0 468. Lines are open from 07:00 - 19:00 from results day.
  • For independent advice on the full range of post-exam options, you can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. Lines are open from 08:00 - 20:00 on results day.
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