A-level students poised for results

Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012 09:26
Posted by Scott Buckler

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A-level results

For many it will also reveal whether they have the results needed to get the university place they want.This will be the first year that some students will face tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year.

Admissions service Ucas says that 357,915 students have now been accepted for university courses this year, down 7% on last year.The figures published on Thursday also show that about 79,000 UK applicants are still awaiting decisions, and that more than 10,000 people have already applied for places through clearing.

Despite this year's dip in applications, Universities Minister David Willetts said that the long-term expansion in university numbers was going to continue.

"There is a long-term trend for more and more people to aspire to go to university and for more and more employers to look to employ people with higher education qualifications and I personally don't think, taking the long view, that trend has suddenly stopped," said Mr Willetts.

As well as rising tuition fees, this year also sees changes aimed at increasing competition for students between England's universities.

Universities can take an unlimited number of students with top grades (AAB or higher) - although not all universities plan to use this flexibility.

Where universities are offering extra places for students with AAB grades, these might be limited to students who have already applied to these universities.

Source: ©BBC News

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