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Students from Central Foundation Boys School: (right to left) Philip Wereko, Theo Fiore, Maksud Rahman, and Waseem al-Abdulla

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Despite fewer A-level passes, more students than ever gain university entry

More than 1,000 candidates are expected to “trade up” their existing offers

A-level results 2014: Students who do better than expected can 'trade up' offers

Many of the UK’s most prestigious universities will be wooing students today with places that they have reserved for those who do better than expected in their A-levels.

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