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University admissions reach 426,070 so far

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Image caption Most universities offer places in Clearing

Some 426,070 students have gained places at UK universities since their A-level results were released on Thursday - up 4% on the previous year, official statistics show.

The University and College Admissions Service says 6,910 students were matched with places through clearing.

This leaves 154,850 students still looking for a university place.

With the student numbers cap lifted this year, experts say universities are competing with each other for students.

Mark Bramwell, Associate Director of Sixth Form Colleges at the Association of Colleges, said: "This year it's the universities who are competing, rather than the students, with increased use of unconditional offers, a 2% increase in students getting their first choice and extensive use of bursaries."

"Universities still have places to fill, and many will accept students who may have only missed the grade by a small margin," he added.

Last year nearly one in eight students were eventually placed through the clearing system.

Staff at Ucas staff had a busy day on Thursday as A-level results were released and collected by students.

It said that by 18:30:

  • There had been a total of 1,285,843 log-ins to the clearing system system
  • There were 110,689 unique visitors to ucas.com
  • The contact centre handled over 16,000 calls by the end of the day
  • Its social media team handled a further 3,453 messages by the end of the day

The top three course searches on the Ucas website were for courses in law, economics and psychology.

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