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18th Sep 2018
UCAS has confirmed that 416,310 students have been accepted at UK universities and colleges so far this year.
The number of students accepted on A-level results day is down 2% compared to 2016, but represents the second highest number recorded. The decline in acceptances can be attributed to a fall in older students, as well as fewer students from the European Union.
In total 201,270 18-year olds from the UK gained a place, a similar number to last year and the highest number recorded on A-level results day.
The percentage of 18-year olds in the population securing a place at a university or college was recorded at 27.5% for England, 28.3% for Northern Ireland, 24.9% for Scotland and 24.8% for Wales.
Elsewhere the number of students placed from the EU fell 3% year-on-year to 26,090, while the number of international students accepted, increased by 4% to 30,350.
Commenting on the latest figures, UCAS chief executive Clare Marchant, said: "The overall numbers of students being accepted onto courses is lower, but it is a complicated picture. We are seeing a growing proportion of 18 year olds going into higher education, and greater numbers of students from our most deprived communities are securing places.
"At the same time, we are seeing fewer older students taking places, and a fall in numbers from the EU. Higher education is still a hugely popular life choice, which has a transformational impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year."
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