As of midnight on Sunday 16 August a total of 452,990 people had been placed in full-time UK higher education, an increase of 3% on the same point last year.
Of these, over 29,000 people have been accepted through Clearing, a rise of 6% on the same stage last year and the highest number recorded by UCAS at this early stage.
The weekend following A level results day always sees a high numbers accepted through in Clearing - but the patterns of recent years suggest this number could more than double between now and the end of the application cycle.
The Clearing total is made up of 25,130 placed after applying to the main UCAS scheme, as well as 4,250 who applied direct to Clearing after the 30 June deadline.
Over 143,000 people are still free to be placed in Clearing, down 4% on last year. This number goes down as the number of placed applicants go up. Some applicants in this unplaced group will not have met their offer conditions, others will have received no offers earlier in the year, and some have chosen not to accept any offers.
Students not holding offers can enter Clearing up until 21 September - if they choose to. A total of 61,300 people were placed through Clearing by the end of the 2014 cycle.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS’ Chief Executive said: “We saw an energetic Clearing period over the weekend, with many universities holding open days and staffed to take calls from students.”
Students who would like advice about the range of options available can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 800.
UCAS’ Daily Clearing Analysis reports can be found here, looking at country of domicile and institution, as well as age, sex and background (POLAR3) of applicants and the subjects and types of institution (Tariff group) they have been accepted to.
These updates will be published for the next nine working days until Friday 28 August. Our End of Cycle Report for 2015 will be published on 17 December and will assess the full admissions year and include final applicant and acceptance totals.