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Clearing Offers Students a Record Number of Courses

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There was good news for those entering the Clearing process yesterday with a record number of courses available, and vacancies at Britain's top universities including Bristol, Exeter and King's College London.

In total Ucas were listing 41,000 courses with vacancies on A level results day yesterday, up from the 37,000 listed over the same time period last year. Spaces were available at nearly all institutions, including most of the leading Russell Group universities.

With government lifting the cap on university education numbers, institutions are fighting to attract the best students from a decreasing number of 18-year olds, with the total population of this age group falling 2.3% year-on-year.

Clearing now represents a respected route into university with competitive courses up for grabs with some of the highest entry requirements.

Last year the highest number of students ever found their place through Clearing, with 64,300 deciding to take this route.

According to figures by Ucas 15,000 students entered higher education by actually applying directly to Clearing, with the advantage of applying once they already know their grades.

It's expected that half of those using Clearing will be placed in universities by the Monday after A level results day.