South Yorkshire teenagers are looking forward to the next step in their lives after picking up their A-level results.
Many have been accepted onto university courses this morning, while others are moving into full-time work.
At Chapeltown Academy in Sheffield, Kirsty Joelson was thrilled with her A*, A and B in biology, maths and physics.
“It’s above what I was predicted so I’m feeling really good,” said the 18-year-old from Barnsley. “I revised for ages and it’s all been worthwhile.
“I’m going to do medical engineering at Swansea University. I wanted to be a doctor but I don’t like blood, so it was the next best thing. It’s going to be really interesting.
“It’s been a fun time at college but it’s also been hard. I’ve had to work hard.”
Classmate Connor Audsley, also 18 and from Barnsley, got ABB in English literature, psychology and politics.
He said: “I did really well, I’m really happy about it. I got the grades I needed - it was what I expected.
“I’m off to King’s College London to study liberal arts.
“I was really nervous this morning because it’s a big moment. But I’m definitely really happy now. I’ll be celebrating, I’m going out with my family for a meal.
“I’m really excited to start in September.”
Sheffield College student Taisha Maneus, 18, from South Green, got an A* in business and Cs in geography and sociology.
“I’m feeling happy,” she said. “Two years have gone by and it’s all been worth it. I’m very excited about moving on to the next step.
“I’m going to study sociology at the University of Sheffield. I’ve always been interested in working with people and my second option was social work, but I wanted to keep the doors open.
“The college has been helpful in terms of getting me prepared for life at university. I’ve had to learn to be independent - the work is all on you, you are not spoon-fed. I feel like I know what to expect now.”
And studying in Sheffield has its advantages for Taisha.
“I’ll be staying at home - it’s cheaper,” she said.
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