The agonising wait is not over for some Kirklees College students after their results failed to materialise today.

Several BTEC Level 3 IT students have been told they could be waiting a further two to three weeks before they find out if they have passed.

One affected student is Aaron Lilley who is hoping to become a software engineer.

Aaron, 18, from Denby Dale, said: "Personally I don't think it affects me that much as I have a plan for going into employment in the next couple months.

"However I can imagine those who want to get into uni and don't have their results or certificates. The college I believe are attempting to remedy the situation but I do not know how effective they are being.

Aaron Lilley with his mum Rachael
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"I just hope that anyone affected is helped quickly."

Aaron's mum Rachael, 47, said: "First of all, I was told the certificates were in and in clearing and he would get a text soon.

"I called again at 2.15pm and was told the examination board haven't released the certificates and won't for another two to three weeks. I asked about finding out if he's passed and was told Aaron should call his tutor to get an indication!"

Rachael added: "I'm bl**dy livid. It's a good job Aaron isn't going to uni."

Examination board Pearson said a 'manual error' had stopped the release of the students' certificates.

But Pearson said a 'special print run of certificates' was underway and that students would have their certificates within two working days.

A Pearson spokesperson said: "It has come to our attention that a manual error has prevented the release of certificates for students taking the Level 3 BTEC in IT at Kirkless College.

"We are very sorry for any distress or confusion this may have caused and have already been in touch with the college to resolve this.

"These results are now ready to be released as soon as the college makes a claim. We have arranged for a special print run of certificates to ensure that learners can receive their full qualification within the next two working days, if not sooner.

"Any students concerned about their results should contact us on 0207 190 4101 and we will do everything we can to reassure and support them."

A Kirklees College spokesperson said: "The vast majority of Kirklees College students have received their results. Pearson, the BTEC awarding body, have experienced some problems nationally in releasing results, but they are working with us to resolve problems for the small number of our students affected.

"Any Kirklees College student requiring confirmation of results for university can access them via UCAS, but we can also provide a confirmation of result if required."