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UCAS reports record numbers of students accepted through Clearing

01 October 2018

UCAS recently published the acceptance figures for the 2018 application cycle, at 28 days after the A level results day. Usually almost all students who will be accepted into a university place by the end of the application cycle will have already been placed at this point.

The report showed the following results:

•In England, 33.5% of 18 year olds have been accepted through UCAS - a record amount.

In Wales, almost a third of young people will be starting an undergraduate course in 2018, equalling the previous record set in 2016.

In Northern Ireland, the entry rate of 35.4% is the highest for five years.

In Scotland, a record 26.2% of all 18 year olds have now been accepted into places at university.

• At the point of the report 60,100 people had been accepted through Clearing, 150 more than at the same stage in 2017.

•A total of 30,350 EU students have been accepted, an  increase of 2% on 2017 as well as 38,330 from outside the EU.

However, the total number of UK applicants placed is actually down 3 % on 2017, at 426,730, although this figure coincides with a 2.5% drop in the actual number of 18 year olds in the UK population. 495,410 people are now placed in full-time UK higher education through UCAS   at the point of the report, a decrease of 2% on the same time last year.

Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS said: "As many students are enjoying freshers' weeks across the country, meeting new faces, and settling into university life, this year's admissions cycle is nearly complete.

"The highest ever proportions of young people from England, Scotland, and Wales have been accepted, and record numbers of people have a place after applying through Clearing, with their exam results in hand.

"The enduring global appeal of studying an undergraduate degree in the UK is clear from the growth in international students with a confirmed place, both from within and outside of the EU.

"The overall fall in acceptances reflects the ongoing decline in the total number of 18 year olds in the UK's population, which will continue for the next few years, and follows similar patterns to application trends seen earlier in the year."