Clearing is always an option
For many students, receiving their A-level results will also bring confirmation of university places.
Latest UCAS figures show that as of the end of June, 638,030 people had applied to start degree courses this autumn, up 0.2% on the same point in 2018.
Among UK 18-year-olds applications are up one percent, the statistics show, with 275,520 applying by the June deadline.
Those without degree places, who want to go to university will be searching through Clearing, the annual process that matches students with courses that have availability.
Clearing is increasingly becoming a popular route for students to find a degree course, with leading universities among those to offer last-minute places through the system.
A PA survey shows that as of Wednesday afternoon 103 universities in England alone had availability showing for at least 50% of their courses for potential students living in England.
The survey also shows that in total, across all English universities, there were around 21,660 courses with places available.