Queen Mary’s in Tower Hamlets filled places in economics in the first hour of clearing yesterday. Though there are still a few places across other subjects. Goldsmiths only had 100 places at the start of clearing, half the number available last year, there are still a few left but they expect to be full by lunch time.
As the UCAS site crashed yesterday morning, apparently overwhelmed by demand, many students were left wondering where they stood. Messages on Twitter show that at least some students are on their way in to get their results the old fashioned way. Iman Abdulaziz was on her way into school when she tweeted: “Last year I was so nervous for my exam results I literally couldn’t sleep. Those were only AS imagine how I’ll be on Thursday.”
The number of courses on offer rose yesterday as universities checked the A Levels grades of those who had already received offers. If students didn’t make the required grades their places are now back in clearing.
However, the advice is: “Don’t assume that you have lost your place. Always ring and discuss it. If you have slipped down one grade, and you can make a convincing case, they may well still let you in”.
For anyone without a place, this is the moment to jump in. A scattering of places will be available on very competitive courses. At Goldsmiths Design and Music are still offering places today in Computing, Cultural Studies, Design, Education, and Music.
At QMU there are places available on Science and Engineering, but they are recruiting only students in the ABB + range.
According to PA: “With universities increasing tuition fees from next year, competition for places is fiercer than ever and the clearing process is expected to last over the next few days.”
According to UCAS, there were 185,684 students eligible for clearing, compared to 180,632 at the same time last year.
The number of course vacancies has dropped from 33,105 last year to just under 29,000.A little over half of the 681,593 people who applied to start undergraduate university courses this autumn have been accepted so far which is the same as last year.
If you want to know more about how to enter clearing you can find out here.