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Student Finds Out He Hasn't Got Grades He Needs Live On TV

The stress of A-Level results day is something that I would never like to relive, so my heart goes out to all the students who've had months of sleepless nights waiting for this day...

There's no denying that collecting A-Level results is a defining moment in any teenagers' lives, particularly those waiting to find out if they've gotten into their university of choice.


In fact, the only thing that I imagine could possibly make the already stressful situation worse, would be to find out said results live on national television.

Even worse, imagine finding out that you hadn't got the grades you needed in front of said TV audience. It doesn't even bare thinking about.

Credit: ITV/GMB
Credit: ITV/GMB

Unfortunately, that's exactly what just happened to Niall, an 18-year-old student from Hull.

He opened his results in front of the nation on Good Morning Britain and, well, things didn't go as planned.

Niall, a student at Wyke Sixth Form College in Hull and needed a pretty impressive A star and an A to study Russian History at Cambridge or Edinburgh.


"I got an A in German, an A in History, an A in Maths and a B in Physics, which isn't quite what I needed," said Nial.

"It isn't quite what I needed, but it's one of those things you can't really change isn't it?" he said, taking the news well.

Let's face it, three As and B is bloody good for anyone's standards, but it's still disappointing to anyone expecting more.

Results up and down the UK were worse across the board than expected, but more kids than ever will enter universities.

Credit: ITV/GMB
Credit: ITV/GMB

Fewer students achieved C grades or above than last year, with girls slipping back on boys in terms of performance.

The reduction in pass rates has been attributed by some to reforms in courses, which has seen exams become more intensive.

"We reformed A-levels after universities told us they were failing to prepare students for higher education," said a Department of Education spokesperson.

"Reducing the number of exams students have to sit will give them more time for study and to gain a deeper understanding of the courses they are studying, an essential skill for undergraduate study."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on

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