Universities are gearing up to help the growing number of young people applying to university this summer, with the majority expected to get their first-choice course and plenty of high-quality courses expected to be available in Clearing.
With a fortnight to go until Results Day on Thursday 18 August for AS/A levels, vocational qualifications including T levels and Level 3 BTECs – and with Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers on Tuesday 9 August – Universities UK and UCAS are issuing advice for applicants.
The record number of 18-year-old applicants from the UK – including the highest proportion ever from disadvantaged communities – is testament to the continuing appeal and value of a university education, and strong employer demand for graduate skills.
The majority of applicants who start university this year are expected to get their first choice. Those missing out on their firm or insurance choice will have access to many other courses available through Clearing – as over 50,000 students did last year.
Decisions are not made on grades alone. Personal statements, references and individual circumstances will be fully considered – Chris Hale, Universities UK interim chief executive
Commenting, Chris Hale, Universities UK interim chief executive, said: “Universities are gearing up to help the growing number of young people applying to university this summer, with the majority expected to get their first-choice course and plenty of high-quality courses expected to be available in Clearing. They are experienced at supporting students who do not quite get the grades they need, and admissions teams will be working hard to advise applicants over the summer.”
“They have taken into account that this year’s applicants will probably have a lower proportion of top grades than the last two years with the return of exams following the pandemic’s disruption. Decisions are not made on grades alone. Personal statements, references and individual circumstances will be fully considered, so those missing out on their first course choice should keep that in mind and remember there are plenty of great options available.”
Minister for skills, further and higher education Andrea Jenkyns said: “Since results day last year, we have been working closely with universities and colleges, Universities UK and other mission groups, UCAS and Ofqual to ensure that this year admissions return to some resemblance of normality.”
“There are plenty of places available through UCAS including nearly 30,000 courses via Clearing. On results day, UCAS expect the majority of firm offer holders to secure their place at their firm choice.”
“Competition for places at the most selective universities has always been high but there will always be lots of options for students either at another university, through clearing or high quality vocational and technical options.
“Individual universities will continue to be flexible and fair in their decision-making, like in any year, and have significant experience supporting young people throughout the application process.”
Over the next few weeks, we’ll see a huge effort across the education sector to support more than 700,000 students begin the next chapter in their educational journey – Clare Marchant, UCAS chief executive
UCAS chief executive Clare Marchant said: “We are delighted to see a record number of 18-year-olds, despite the challenges of the last two years, looking to progress to higher education.
“Over the next few weeks, we’ll see a huge effort across the education sector to support more than 700,000 students begin the next chapter in their educational journey and we believe that record numbers of students will get their firm choice this year.”
“Securing a place in higher education, particularly at the most selective courses, has always been competitive. For a student who finds themself without their firm or insurance choice, or if they have changed their mind, there is plenty of choice available. UCAS will help students explore degree courses alongside other opportunities such as degree and higher apprenticeships.”
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