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A-levels: results out today
Sarah Campbell with A-level students
Our students got their results live on Thursday's programme
For thousands of students in England and Wales the wait for A-level results can often be long and stressful.

Good grades can help secure an elusive university place, or might be necessary to get a foot on the career ladder.

Today on Breakfast:

  • Our reporter Sarah Campbell was at Sutton Coldfield College near Birmingham with some students who opened their results live on Breakfast

  • We met two far from typical A-level students.
     Betty Allen, who's 78 and her daughter Chris Branton, 50, in the Breakfast studio
    Betty and Chris: not your average A-level candidates

    Betty Allen, who's 78 and her daughter Chris Branton, 50, chose to go online - and have just completed the country's only online English A-level.

  • Betty has diabetes and sight problems and her daughter has a teenage family - so neither of them found studying plain sailing.

    If you missed the moment when they opened their results live on Breakfast, we can reveal that Betty passed with a D and Chris also passed - with a C grade.

  • And we talked to two highly successful business people who've managed to have pretty good careers without A-levels: entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne and PR Guru Lynne Franks.


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