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Sharp drop in Welsh students applying for university

3 January 2013 Last updated at 14:26 GMT

New figures show there has been a sharp drop in the number of students from Wales applying to go to university this September.

The overall figure is down 11.7% on the same time last year.

The data shows how many applications had been received by the university admissions service, Ucas, by mid-December.

The general deadline is still a few weeks away.

BBC Wales Today reporter Nicola Smith explained the figures to Kate Morgan.

Sharp drop in uni applications