UCAS advice for St Albans A-level students

AS of midnight more than 350,000 applicants had been accepted into a university or college, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS has now processed all A-level results, with a spokesperson saying that 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 time 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.

Most Read

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. Anyone considering applying again next year can research 2013 courses on our website now.”

Applicants were able to check the UCAS website from 8am this morning, August 16, 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 today and they should discuss courses which interest them directly with the universities as soon as possible.

Courses with vacancies are listed on the UCAS website (ucas.com).

Formal applications to clearing courses can be made through UCAS from 5pm.

UCAS advises:

• Make sure that you are available to speak to universities and colleges - treat your clearing application like a job application and deal with it yourself. Don’t leave it to your parents or friends to sort out.

• Start contacting universities and colleges about courses that interest you as soon as you can. An institution that is interested in you will ask for details such as your clearing number and your personal ID. You will probably also be asked questions about your exam results.

• For independent advice on the full range of post-exam options, you can call the exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000.

Visit the Herts Ad website today for updates on local school results.