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Students scramble for uni places

More than 190,000 would-be students are scrambling for a rapidly diminishing number of university places as clearing continues.

About 4,000 vacancies had been snapped up by Friday morning, just a day into the process, according to figures published by the university admissions service Ucas.

In total, 190,183 people are eligible for the clearing process because they have had no offers, failed to make their grades or applied too late.

Some 4,083 applicants have already found a place through clearing. This is down slightly on last summer, when 5,205 places had been taken at this point in the process. Around 18,000 courses have had places available, but the number is falling quickly.

As many as 150,000 students could miss out on university this year, Ucas has estimated.

Last year 47,600 students found places through clearing and it has been predicted that the number will be smaller this year.

The new figures show that a massive 48,500 more people qualify for clearing now than at this point last year.

Record numbers of students have already taken up their offers confirmed by their chosen university or found a place through clearing, as they seek to secure their position. Some 394,436 have been accepted, compared with 382,863 at this point last year - a rise of 11,573.

But more are waiting to hear if they have been accepted, the Ucas figures show. This year 81,915 applicants are still waiting for a decision, compared with 79,528 last summer - a difference of 2,387.

A record 674,339 people applied to university this year, the figures showed, up from 610,453 last year - an extra 63,886 applicants. Clearing is the annual process of matching applicants to vacant university courses.

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