The Guardian is reporting that there has been a near 50% rise in the number of students finding university places through clearing as the admissions clearing house, Ucas, considers whether people should have more opportunities to change courses after seeing their A-level results.
A day after sixth formers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their results, more than 14,000 had been accepted for undergraduate courses through the clearing system, compared with 9,000 last year.
Increasing numbers of students are sidestepping the initial admissions process and being offered places directly through clearing: 3,600 have been placed that way this year, compared with 1,300 in 2012.
The result is that after the first day of live admissions a total of nearly 443,000 have received undergraduate places at British universities, a 3% overall increase in places taken up compared with at the same point last year.
“We’re always looking at ways to make the service better and keep it relevant, which is why we’re assessing the impact of a number of recommendations made by the clearing working group of admissions professionals,” a Ucas spokesperson said.
Why do you think more people are using clearing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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