UCAS has now processed all A level results and as of midnight 357,915 applicants have been accepted into a university or college, compared with 384,649 on results day last year. This represents a fall of 6.95 per cent. About 79,000 UK applicants are still awaiting results or decisions.
A total of 629,140 people have so far applied this year to higher education institutions in the UK, compared with 681,593 at the same point in 2011. Over 10,000 have already applied directly into Clearing.
Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: "More than 300,000 applicants whose places are dependent on their grades are waiting to hear if they have been accepted today.
"Despite the fall in applications this year, entry to higher education remains competitive and we expect to see an active Clearing period. Over 25,000 courses are showing vacancies for UK applicants. More than 50,000 people found a course in Clearing last year. It is important that all students research course requirements thoroughly and think carefully before making a decision that is likely to affect their future career."
Applicants can log in to Track on the UCAS website from 08:00 on results day to see if they have been accepted or are eligible for Clearing. Students should also check their email and the post for Confirmation letters.
Students who want to consider a Clearing place can start looking at courses with vacancies from early in the morning on results day and they should discuss courses that interest them directly with the universities as soon as possible. Courses with vacancies are listed on the UCAS website (ucas.com) and in The Telegraph. Formal applications to Clearing courses can be made through UCAS from 17:00.
UCAS Press Office: 01242 545 469
James Woodward, Press Officer
James Durant, Press Officer
UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admission Service, is a charity and is the world's leading shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 650,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 300 institutions across the UK.