UCAS reports bumper number of students placed on university courses
UCAS has placed almost 500,000 people into UK higher education since A level results were handed out just over two weeks ago, latest statistics show.
The Cheltenham-based organisation has published its final analysis report and it shows 459,750 people have been placed on courses in the last 15 days.
That figure is six per cent higher than at the same point in last year’s admissions cycle.
The vast majority of those people placed, 369,410, will be starting their studies at the “firm choice” institutions that they selected earlier in the cycle.
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This number is also higher than in previous years.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS’ chief executive, said: “More applicants have been placed to date through the Clearing process (43,400) than in previous cycles.
“Of these, 8,770 have been placed after applying late in the cycle directly to Clearing - this is 25 per cent higher than last year.
“Although the busiest part of Clearing has passed, recruitment for this autumn is continuing with 2,420 applicants placed in the past 24 hours, including 1,170 through the Clearing process.”
The final deadline for new applications is September 20 and those who are in the UCAS system by that stage can make Clearing choices up until October 22.