TODAY is the day when higher education students up and down the country get piece of mind over their A-levels.

After a painstaking wait, hundreds of students across Dorset will find out if they obtained the grades they were hoping for.

Many will be rewarded for their efforts as they take a giant leap towards realising their dreams and aspirations, but for others they may need to rethink their plans.

As important and life changing as the day is to the students involved, many have gone through the process beforehand including those featured in these images from 2000.