Record number of students expected to secure places in clearing as universities scramble to fill vacancies

The Independent is reporting that with less than a week to go until A-level results day, three in four of the country’s leading institutions have vacancies on their undergraduate programmes.

A total of 30,000 courses still have spaces, including more than 4,600 courses at the elite Russell Group universities, which are the most selective in the country.

Rachel Hewitt, director of policy and advocacy at the think tank Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), said: “Competition for students remains intense due to the low number of 18-year-olds in the population, which hits particularly hard as it has been a continued trend over a number of years now.

“This is also combined with the uncertain environment that universities find themselves in, with unknowns about the impact of Brexit and the potential lowering of tuition fees meaning all types of university are utilising all aspects of the admissions process to expand their student numbers.”

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