As students open their A level results more of them than ever before have already secured a place on a degree course.
• 396,990 students have already been accepted onto UK undergraduate courses, up 11,090 (3%) on last year.
• 352,590 students (an increase of 2%) have secured their first choice of course.
• For the first time, numbers of students going to university or college to study a degree could top 500,000 by the end of the cycle.
The largest group of applicants placed so far are from England, 292,650 students, up 6,580 (2%). There are 15,980 placed from Wales (up 5%), 11,110 from Northern Ireland (a decrease of 1%), and 27,910 from Scotland (up 4%).
There are still 103,970 students awaiting results or decisions, 5% more than this time last year.
Students can log into track from 8am to see if they have been accepted onto their chosen course. Any student not accepted on to either their first choice or insurance choice should go to UCAS.com for more information about Clearing. Clearing opens for applications from 5pm today.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: “Today’s numbers are a reflection of the continuing strong demand for higher education. A combination of extra places available and the falling population of 18 year olds means that students are in a good position to secure a place this year.”
“Alongside the impressive numbers, this is also a story about individuals who have made a life-defining decision to invest in their personal growth and position themselves for a more fulfilling life and career.”