TURTON School student Faye Grant is over the moon with her results because they are her passport to the city she has fallen for.

The 18-year-old is off to Sheffield University after achieving BBC and an A in her extended project qualification.

She said: “It has been a weird year and the not knowing.

“We have missed out on the exams which we had been preparing for and I wanted to do them so I could prove to myself I could do it.

“I have avoided thinking about the process used because it has been so confusing.

“At one time they were saying you could sit your exams in autumn so I was asking the director of sixth form , who is really nice, for practice papers so I could do them and if should could mark them! The the autumn exams were not going to happen.

“I am so pleased I am going to Sheffield and I really liked the university and the city when I visited during the university open day.”

More students have been accepted on to UK degree courses this year, Ucas figures show.

A total of 415,600 people, from the UK and overseas, have had places confirmed, up 1.6% on the same point last year, according to data published by the university admissions service.

Among UK applicants, 358,860 have been accepted - a 2.9 per cent rise compared with 2019.