Half a million happy students!

Half a million happy students!

The total number of people going to university could top half a million for the first time, following the announcement of this year’s A level results.

As students open their results, university admission service UCAS has revealed more of them than ever before have already secured a place on a degree course.

Its figures reveal 396,990 students have already been accepted onto UK undergraduate courses, up 11,090 (3%) on last year.

And 352,590 students – an increase of 2% -have secured their first choice of course.

On results day there were still 103,970 students awaiting results or decisions, 5% more than this time last year.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: “The numbers are a reflection of the continuing strong demand for higher education.

“A combination of extra places available and the falling population of 18-year-olds means that students are in a good position to secure a place this year.”

“Alongside the impressive numbers, this is also a story about individuals who have made a life-defining decision to invest in their personal growth and position themselves for a more fulfilling life and career.”

The UCAS website has all the information that students need to be fully prepared, whatever grades they achieve. The list of courses with vacancies in Clearing is now live.

Helen Thorne, Director of Policy and Research at UCAS said “There’ll be thousands of courses available in Clearing this year – perhaps in subjects students might not have necessarily considered, and the scheme remains open until the end of September.

“Stay positive and remember to prepare thoroughly before calling universities and colleges for an intelligent discussion about the courses you’re interested in. You’ll find all the information you need about Clearing on UCAS.com.”

Last year 495,595 people secured a place at university or college through UCAS, with a record 57,100 being accepted through Clearing.

Student accommodation provider Portergate is getting set to welcome the new intake of undergraduates to its acclaimed Riverside House in Salford later this year.

Quality is key to Portergate’s approach. Riverside House has a boutique feel, with modern, stylish kitchens and bathrooms.

Each luxury apartment includes fully-furnished living space and fitted kitchen complete with appliances. Bedrooms are also fully furnished and have broadband internet.

Riverside is within walking distance of the University of Salford, which is only minutes away. And it is also well-placed for all that Manchester city centre has to offer in amenities and the city’s excellent transport links.

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