COLLEGE students across Bury are collecting their A Level results today amid one of the most unique ends to any educational year.

And with the prospect of a number of results having been downgraded - and future plans thrown into jeopardy - the anxiety among teenagers is even greater.

The Bury Times will bring you updates of how our local colleges fared through the day.

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The proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has risen to an all-time high, with 27.9% securing the top grades this year, figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show.

But exam boards downgraded nearly two in five (39.1%) pupils' grades in England, according to data from Ofqual - which amounts to around 280,000 entries being adjusted down after moderation.

Teachers were told to submit the grades they thought each student would have received if they had sat the papers, alongside a rank order of students, after exams were cancelled amid the pandemic.

Exam boards moderated these grades to ensure this year's results were not significantly higher than previously and the value of students' grades were not undermined.