UCAS Clearing update: Thursday 1 September 2016

As of midnight, a total of 498,270 people have been placed in full-time UK higher education through UCAS, an increase of 1% on the same point last year.
Posted Thu 1 September 2016 - 11:06

That means a further 74,390 people have had their university and college places confirmed since midnight on A level results day.

Of the total, 50,890 people have been accepted through Clearing so far, a rise of 3% on the same stage in 2015 and the highest number recorded at this point.

The Clearing total is made up of 41,760 people placed after applying through the main UCAS scheme, as well as 9,130 who applied directly through Clearing after the 30 June deadline.

Some 139,600 people are still free to be placed in Clearing, a decrease of 2% on this point last year. This number goes down as the number of placed applicants goes up. Some applicants in this unplaced group will not have met their offer conditions, others will have received no offers earlier in the year, and some have chosen not to accept any offers.

The final date for applications this year is 20 September, and students can then add Clearing choices until 20 October, if they choose to. A final total of 64,300 people were placed through Clearing by the end of the 2015 cycle.

UCAS’ daily Clearing analysis reports look at country of domicile and provider, as well as age, sex, and background (POLAR3 and SIMD) of applicants, and the subjects and types of provider (Tariff group) they have been accepted to.

These updates will be published until 2 September.

Our UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report for 2016 will be published in December, and will assess the full admissions year and include final applicant and acceptance totals.


Notes to Editors

In Scotland, there is a substantial section of provision that is not included in UCAS' figures. This is mostly full-time higher education provided in further education colleges, which represents around one third of young full-time undergraduate study in Scotland, and this proportion varies by geography and background in Scotland.

Accordingly, the statistics on UCAS acceptances in these data resources reflect only that majority of full-time undergraduate study that uses UCAS Undergraduate.

From the 2015 cycle onwards, applications to postgraduate teacher training programmes in Scotland were included in the UCAS Undergraduate admissions scheme, where previously these were recruited through UCAS Teacher Training. In 2015, around 120 courses at providers in Scotland moved into the UCAS Undergraduate scheme, estimated to represent around 2,000 acceptances, mostly aged 21 or over. Comparisons between 2016 and 2014 (or earlier cycles) will be affected by this change.


About UCAS

UCAS is a charity and is the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from around 700,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

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