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Sharp rise in student clearing admissions

By Ian Jones

Published 15/08/2015

One in 10 students found their university place through clearing last year
One in 10 students found their university place through clearing last year

The number of UK students to get a place at university through clearing has soared by more than a quarter.

Just over 9,000 students have so far been accepted on a course through the clearing system - a rise of 28% on 2014.

The figures were revealed by the university admissions service Ucas, 24 hours after students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A-level results.

A total of 426,070 students have so far been accepted on a degree course. This is 4% up on 2014.

Some 370,000 have been accepted on to their first choice of course, while 34,300 have been placed on their second choice.

A total of 16,660 students have been placed in the last 24 hours, the highest number since 2011.

This year is the first time a cap on places in England has been lifted, allowing universities to recruit more students.

The latest figures also show that 6% of places have gone to students from other countries in the European Union, up 11% on 2014. A total of 7% of places have gone to those from outside the EU, an increase of 5%.

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