Thursday, 25 August 2011

News - Just one university has spare places (Bradford)

BRADFORD University is the only one in the region with vacancies left for young people using the clearing system.

It still had spare places on 25 courses yesterday including archaeology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, economics, environmental science, design, history and peace studies and politics, according to a statement on the university’s website.

Yesterday York St John University became the latest to confirm that its clearing spaces had filled up while Hull revealed on Monday that all of its vacancies had gone.

Leeds University did not even enter clearing while Leeds Metropolitan, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York all quickly filled up their remaining courses after A-level results were announced.

Universities and Colleges Admission Service (Ucas) has revealed that thousands of university places have been snapped up in a day as students continue to fight for the last remaining vacancies.

As many as four students are now competing for each clearing place. Five days after A-level results were published, 24,698 students across the country have now found a university place through clearing, according to Ucas data.

This means that around 6,800 students have had clearing places confirmed in space of 24 hours.

At this point last summer, 19,276 people had found a place through clearing.

Clearing is the annual process which matches students without university places to courses that still have vacancies.

While the process usually lasts a few weeks, it could be shorter this year as students are accepting offers quickly.

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